Back to back Europa League winners Sevilla have officially announced on Thursday, they have reached an agreement with AC Milan, to complete the signing of French defender Adil Rami, pending a medical which will take place next week.
Expecting the player to pass those examinations without any difficulties, the move will reunite the 29-year-old with manager Unai Emery, who was his head coach when the pair coincided at Valencia.
Rami heads to the Sanchez-Pizjuan on a four-year contract, Sevilla also announced, whilst clearly pleased at having captured the centre-back, sporting director Monchi also offered his reaction via the official club website.
Sevilla have been linked with interest in a number of defenders, but Monchi confirmed: "Rami was always our first option, the most desired. We needed to wait to get where we wanted with this deal."
Admitting that talks had at times been "arduous" with AC Milan, Monchi also explained: "It has been a difficult negotiation because of the high level of player he is, along with the level of other clubs who were after him."
"Our stature as a club speaks for itself. It was a question of remaining patient." He added, content negotiations eventually reached a positive outcome.
One of the key benefits of signing the Frenchman, in the opinion of Monchi, is that he already knows the Sevilla manager, explaining: "It's not just the fact Emery knows Rami well, that will help with his adaption, but that Adil knows the how Unai works and his style, which is a key factor."