By Amir Mir
Everton have been dealt a blow in their bid to lure Sevilla sporting director Monchi to work with incoming new manager Ronald Koeman, according to a report.
The Daily Star claim that, Monchi, who has been behind the major signings of Dani Alves, Ivan Rakitic and Carlos Bacca at the Spanish club, has done a surprise U-turn and decided to spurn Everton and remain in Spain.
The 47-year-old signed Barcelona duo Alves and Rakitic for less than £3m for Sevilla and sold them to the Spanish giants for over £35million in total.
The Merseyside club, who are set to announce Ronald Koeman as their new manager after reaching an agreement with Southampton on Tuesday afternoon, were hoping that the duo would use the £100million at their disposal to get Everton back in European contention after two disappointing seasons under Roberto Martinez.
But, the Daily Star cited an interview from the Spaniard, which he gave to Sevilla’s official website and assured Sevilla supporters that he was staying.
“I don’t ask to leave because I had 15 offers on the table, but because I wanted to disappear for a while and relax,” said Monchi to Sevilla’s official website. “I’m not leaving Sevilla at the moment. I’m totally committed to the job.”
It is said that if Everton do wish to sign the highly rated sporting director, then they would have to trigger a £3.8million release clause in his contract.
But, as claimed by the Daily Star, the former goalkeeper, who has been linked with Manchester United and Paris St-Germain will remain at the Europa League champions, who are set to play Champions League football in the coming season.
In other Everton news, Koeman signing set to be announced in coming days.