Arsenal and Watford are both keen on signing Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico, according to English and Spanish reports.
Newly appointed Arsenal boss Unai Emery coached Rico during the Spaniard’s three-year stint at Sevilla between 2013-2016. Javi Gracia, also a Spaniard, managed Malaga between 2014-2016, so he also has knowledge of Rico’s qualities.
The 24-year-old ‘keeper has been at Sevilla his entire career, which started in 2010 with Sevilla Youth, before being promoted to Sevilla’s A Youth team. In 2012, he was promoted to Sevilla Atletico and in 2014 he made the final step in Sevilla’s rankings by being promoted to Sevilla.
He made his La Liga debut in a 2-0 victory against Getafe in September 2014, and four days later he made his first Europa League start in another 2-0 victory against Feyenoord.
In all competitions this season, Rico has made 40 appearances, conceded 59 goals and kept 13 clean sheets.
Rico’s Sevilla contract runs until 2021, Petr Cech’s runs until 2019, so maybe Rico could be the long-term successor of the Czech ‘keeper at the Emirates, and with Arsenal being able to offer Europa League football, the Gunners do offer an interesting project for the goalkeeper.
And, it is understood that he could leave Sevilla with new boss Pablo Machin looking at assessing his options.