Reports in Italy are linking Luis Enrique, who will leave Barcelona at the end of the season, with a return to Roma, where he was coach during the 2011-12 season.
Il Messaggero ran a story on Tuesday stating that Sevilla sporting director Monchi has agreed to move to the Stadio Olimpico this summer and that he wants to bring in the Barça boss for another spell in the Eternal City, despite Luis Enrique’s differences of opinion with the board during his brief tenure.
La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Monchi is also considering a move for his former partner at the Sanchez Pizjuan, Unai Emery whose first season at the Parc des Princes has not gone entirely according to plan. However, PSG’s owners are apparently keen to retain Emery as part of a long-term plan for the club.
The media in Italy also believes that one of Monchi’s first moves in the transfer market will be for Fiorentina’s Spanish midfielder Borja Valero, who is enjoying a fine season at the Estadio Artemio Franchi and is seen by Roma as a key part of a rebuild of the side’s midfield.
Sevilla captain Vicente Iborra has also been linked with a move to Roma as Monchi begins laying the groundwork for a refit of the Serie A club’s squad.
Meanwhile, Luis Enrique was not surprised his Barcelona side failed to beat La Liga strugglers Deportivo La Coruna.
Barcelona came into the game off the back of a stunning Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night.
Luis Enrique warned before the game his side would struggle against Deportivo due to the hangover from the PSG clash.
And his worst fears were realised as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at the Estadio Riazor – but he was not surprised.
“Only those who have lived what we have experienced this week know what it all means,” Enrique said.
“But the professionals have to know how to deal with these situations, there will always be tough games.
“We thought that it would be difficult, a game is always affected by what has happened in the previous one.
“It is always better to go in euphoric than pessimistic.
“Watching us in the build up to the game, it was clear that [beating PSG] would cost us. We knew so beforehand.
“We didn’t have the necessary fluency to overcome their [Deportivo’s] style but we were growing and ended up making mistakes.
“We lacked that lucidity and it was a shame because I think this match was very important to continue our form and for our rivals to see how good we are, but we were blunt.”
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