Marc Overmars 'open' to emotional Arsenal return after impressing in role as Ajax director of football

MARC OVERMARS is reportedly is open to making a stunning return to Arsenal – as the Gunners' director of football.

The Dutchman left Highbury 17 years ago to join Spanish giants Barcelona before ending his career with Go Ahead Eagles.


Overmars, 47, was appointed as Ajax's director of football in 2012 and has flourished in the role, helping identify a number of top players and selling them on for big fees.

But according to De Telegraaf, the former Netherlands international is looking to leave the Johan Cruyff Arena.

And they claim Overmars would be open to joining the Gunners if they tried to acquire his services.

De Telegraaf's chief writer, Valentijn Driessen, wrote: "At Ajax, everything in terms of transfers ends up on the plate of director of football affairs Marc Overmars.

"At Ajax, everything in terms of transfers ends up on the plate of director of football affairs Marc Overmars.

"It is an open secret that he would not reject a new challenge at a major foreign top club or with his former employers FC Barcelona and Arsenal.

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"He has been associated with those two clubs before."

Arsenal are actively looking to replace their former director of football operations Huss Fahmy, who left the Emirates in October 2019.

The reigning FA Cup holders have been keeping tabs on Overmars' progress in Amsterdam for the last few years.

And the former fan favourite is all too aware of his old club's interest in bringing him back to north London.

In April 2017, he said: "I think there is a list with some names and I might be on it. But it’s not that exciting yet.

"I know the club pretty well, I have always kept in touch with Arsenal. So in that respect, it is not surprising, because I’ve had a few good years.

"But right now we’re focused on Ajax. I just signed here for four years."

Arsenal will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, travelling to Villa Park to take on Aston Villa.

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