Ajax are set to block Arsenal’s bid to steal Marc Overmars away from them to become the club’s new technical director.

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Marc Overmars
Marc Overmars

For a while, Marc Overmars was the front runner for Arsenal’s new Technical Director job, and the suggestion is that he’s still in the running. However, the Mirror claim in an exclusive that Ajax will block any move from the North London club for their former player.

The Dutch side are using the money Overmars has helped them generate to make sure he sees out the final 18 months of his deal, and they won’t accept any offer of compensation from Arsenal.

Goal reported earlier this month that Overmars was fast becoming the favourite for the Arsenal job. A spokesperson for Ajax reportedly denied that Arsenal had approached Overmars for the job, but Goal claimed the ex-Arsenal star was still the ‘main candidate’.

Raul Sanllehi is reportedly leading the search for a technical director, looking for someone with a history in football and also with experience of the technical side of the game. The new hire should be able to discuss tactics and a football vision for the club with Unai Emery.

For the time being, it seems unlikely that person is going to be Overmars. Let’s have a look at the alternatives.

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