In the last few years, Monchi’s business style represented the foundation of Sevilla’s successes. He established one of the most successful transfer models in European football, based on a buy low, sell high strategy.
Monchi’s ability to reshape and reinvigorate the academy and his ability to find rising stars around the world convinced those who are working in the world of football to say that he is the best sporting director in the world.
In an article published on Squawka, Oliver Young-Myles retraced Monchi’s career at Sevilla highlighting his transfer market’s magic, 13 players that he purchased for a low fee and sold for millions.
Monchi and his transfer market’s magic:
- Dani Alves; from Bahia (2002) for £413,000; sold to Barcelona (2008) for £26.63m;
- Julio Baptista; from São Paulo (2003) for £2.63m; sold to Real Madrid (2005) for £15m;
- Adriano; from Coritiba (2004) for £1.88m; sold to Barcelona (2010) for £7.13m;
- Federico Fazio; from Ferro Carril (2006) for £600,000; sold to Tottenham Hotspur (2014) for £7.50m;
- Christian Poulsen; from Schalke 04 (2006) for Free; sold to Juventus (2008) for £7.31m;
- Seydou Keita; from Lens (2007) for £3m; sold to Barcelona (2008) for £10.5m;
- Alvaro Negredo; from Real Madrid (2009) for £11.75m; sold to Manchester City (2013) for £18.75m;
- Gary Medel; from Universidad Católica (2011) for £2.25m; sold to Cardiff City (2013) for £9.75m;
- Ivan Rakitic; from Schalke (2010) for £1.88m; sold to Barcelona (2014) for £13.5m;
- Martin Caceres; from Barcelona (2011) for £2.25m; sold to Juventus (2012) for £6m;
- Geoffrey Kondogbia; from Lens (2012) for £3m; sold to Monaco (2013) for £15m;
- Carlos Bacca; from Club Brugge (2013) for £5.25m; sold to Milan (2015) for £22.5m;
- Aleix Vidal; from Almeria (2014) for £2.25m; sold to Barcelona (2015) for £12.75m;
- Total spent – £36,353,000
- Total received – £172,320,000
- Profit – £135,967,000