Report: Bartomeu approaches Monchi

It’s been reported that Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has approached Sevilla sporting director Monchi to replace Andoni Zubizarreta.

Zubi was on Monday removed from his position after four-and-a-half years and Sport claims Bartomeu has been in contact with Monchi over filling the vacancy, but Monchi is thought to have said no.

Sport add that the situation is complicated by Barca’s transfer embargo, which means the club cannot make signings until January 2016, a few months before Bartomeu’s mandate as President comes to an end.

Monchi has also been linked to Agusti Benedito, a potential rival to Bartomeu for the Presidency, and uncertainty over who will hold the power at Camp Nou is part of why Monchi has rejected the proposal.

Carles Puyol, who retired this summer as a player and moved to an administrative role under Zubi, is considered too inexperienced to take over from the former goalkeeper on a full-time basis, and has also announced his exit from the club.

Bartomeu is also said to want a ‘prestigious’ appointment to succeed Zubizarreta.

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