Marc Overmars is keen to leave his Director of Football role with Ajax to become Arsenal’s technical director, according to Football.London.
The Dutchman is one of a number of options that the club has reportedly been considering to replace Sven Mislintat who departed last month but it was believed that their top target was ex-Roma chief Monchi.
However, Monchi, who left Roma last week, appears to have shunned Arsenal’s interest in favour of a return to Sevilla where he spent 17 successful years before leaving for Roma in 2017.
With Monchi out of the running, Arsenal’s Head of football at the Emirates, Raul Sanllehi has been forced to turn his attentions elsewhere and with Overmars keen on returning to the club he represented for three years as a player, he could become the prime candidate.
According to Football.London’s report, Ajax officials are aware of Overmars’ interest in the role but are prepared to play hard-ball in order to keep him until the end of the season at least and potentially beyond the summer.
Overmars has been Ajax’s Director of Football since 2012 and he has impressed during his time in charge, overseeing the signings of a host of talented young players and selling them on to bigger clubs for a profit.
Since Overmars was appointed, Ajax have sold the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen, Davinson Sanchez and Davy Klaasen to Premier League clubs for huge fees, while current star Frenkie De Jong is set to join Barcelona for £65m.
Ajax’s eye-catching success in the Champions League is also testament to their success in the transfer market as they beat Real Madrid 5-3 on aggregate to reach the Champions League quarter-finals where they will face Juventus.