Marc Overmars, the favourite to occupy Arsenal’s director of football position
Former Arsenal player Marc Overmars, currently occupying the Director of Football position at Ajax Amsterdam, is believed to be the front runner to take over the same role at his former club at the end of the 2018/19 Premier League season. However, the Dutch club denies any information about Overmars being approached regarding this position, despite him being one of the candidates fitting the Gunners’ criteria.
The search for a new director is lead by Raul Sannlehi, head of football, who is also looking for candidates in Spain.
Marc Overmars has experiences in both Premier League and La Liga, besides Eredivisie, not to mention that he is very well-regarded at Arsenal. Another advantage is that his career intersected with Raul Sannlehi’s, who joined Barcelona in 2003, Overmars’ last season as a Blaugrana player.
Other names who could be in the frame for the job are Monchi, currently director of football at AS Roma and a real transfer guru, known for working with Unai Emery at Sevilla, as well as Edu, another former Arsenal player, currently with a position in the Brazilian FA.
But Marc Overmars’ stats indicate that he could be exactly what Arsenal needs in their attempt to rebuild the squad and become real Premier League title contenders. Over the past years, he was the one who signed some impressive players for Ajax, including Frenkie de Jong from Willem II for just £900,000, then selling him to Barcelona for £66 million, as well as Davinson Sanchez from Atletico Nacional in 2016, for £4 million, then sending him to Tottenham Hotspur, just a few months later, for £25 million.
Raul Sannlehi is keen to bring an executive to Arsenal, without sufficient football background and transfer experience, but also able to talk tactics with Unai Emery and implement a totally new footballing vision. And it appears that he found what he needed in Marc Overmars. On the other side, it’s difficult to believe that Ajax are willing to let go of the man who made a lot of profit for the club.