When Monchi departed Sevilla it was partly due to absolute chaos going on behind the scenes at the Spanish club. A power battle for ultimate control has seen the club’s fortunes hit on the pitch and subsequently their finances are in a mess.

Under the Aston Villa transfer guru, the plan used to be qualify for Europe, buy to sell, and make sure there was always an eye on the accounts. That got lost somewhere along the road, and Victor Orta doesn’t appear to have got a grip of things.

There’s been a relegation battle, and multiple snipes sent between the Aston Villa director and those now in charge.

Meanwhile, Monchi has excelled in Birmingham, creating an environment which has helped Unai Emery and his team to succeed.

Unlike Sevilla, their finances are on the up, and that provides an opportunity to play transfer vulture.

Wednesday’s edition of AS reiterates that Villa are one of the club’s in the picture to sign Youssef En Nesyri, Sevilla’s reliable goalscorer and their ‘greatest asset’.

They need to part ways this summer due to the financial issues, and Villa are said to be keen, alongside West Ham and Tottenham.

The advantage for Emery’s side is Monchi, who signed the forward for Sevilla in the first place and will almost certainly have a direct line to him.

Sevilla want €30m, they may have to settle for less.