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Marca: Monchi to Leave Roma for Arsenal This Summer


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It's been quite an odd 24 hours in the Romaverse. While our minds should be laser focused on tomorrow's fixture against Frosinone, and the implications it has for Roma's fight for fourth place, we've been forced to deal with new wrinkles in the ongoing saga over Eusebio Di Franesco's future with the club, namely that he's being replaced by Maurizio Sarri next season, never mind the fact that both men are still gainfully employed by their current employers.

Umm, yeah, that's old news....

As you can tell by the siren emoji in that Tweet, this is breaking news: Monchi is reportedly leaving Roma on June 30th to reunite with Unai Emery at Arsenal. Roughly translated, the article intimates that Monchi is fed up with the "tense atmosphere” in Rome and is dismayed by the, get this, constant turnover in the administration—hard to believe, right?

Beyond reuniting with Emery, Marca speculates that Arsenal and Monchi go together like hand and glove, given the Gunner's penchant of focusing on younger, cost-controlled players, which was (presumably) the exact reason Monchi was deemed as such an ideal man for Roma. So the fact that he's reportedly leaving does give credence to the "tense atmosphere” argument floated by Marca.

According to Marca, Arsenal are reportedly willing to pay Monchi's €1 million release clause to free him from his Roma deal, which runs through 2020.

Now, we have no idea if this report is true or not, but it certainly doesn't bode well for Roma's near future, to say nothing of their organizational stability or reputation abroad.

Buckle up, kids. It's going to be a bumpy know, again.