By Danny Wright

16th Jun, 2023 | 10:29am

Aston Villa expect Monchi appointment within next 48 hours as behind-the-scenes news emerges from Villa Park

By Joe Roberts

Aston Villa are expected to complete a move for Sevilla’s multi-Europa-League-winning sporting director Mochi within the next 48 hours, according to a report from Express and Star

As reported on Friday (16 June) the former goalkeeper will reunite with Unai Emery at the West Midlands club and replace Johan Lange as the man behind Villa’s transfer policy. 

The club will also feature in European football next season for the first time in 13 years as their seventh-place finish in the Premier League secured a place in the Europa Conference League. 

Aston Villa’s next step?

Sevilla have been European specialists under the guide of Mochi, who helped bring a record seven Europa League trophies to southern Spain during his two spells. 

With Aston Villa back in European football next season, fans will be hoping that the Spaniard can recreate his European success in Birmingham. 

Under the guidance of current sporting director Johan Lange, Villa have had a mixed bag in terms of successful transfers, with the likes of Leon Bailey and Bertrand Traore failing to live up to their price tags at Villa Park. 

However, a reunion of Villa manager Emery with Mochi could spark a needed transfer revolution. A good window will be needed for the Villans if they are to successfully compete in Europe and keep pace in the Premier League. 

Long term, Mochi has successfully sold players for high profits, including a £25.6million (€30m) gain from Jules Kounde’s switch from Sevilla to Barcelona in 2022, meaning Villa could create a profitable transfer policy.

Villa have already signed Youri Tielemans from Leicester City on a free transfer and have been linked with a move for Athletic Bilbao winger Nico Williams, but according to the Guardian, Emery still wants a new full-back, winger and striker. 

Mochi’s arrival could be more impactful than any player Villa bring in this summer if he can recreate his success and puts Emery’s side in an enviable and dangerous position next season.

In other Aston Villa news, the club has been backed to complete a £42million-plus transfer for an “outstanding” European player.