Paper Talk: Man Utd enticed as club legend swings door open for game-changing return

Marc Overmars, Edwin van der Sar

Man Utd will be all ears after a top boardroom figure made himself available, while Man City eye a double Aston Villa raid worth three figures – all in the latest Paper Talk.



Manchester United will reportedly be on ‘red alert’ after senior Ajax pair Marc Overmars and Edwin van der Sar made themselves available for a new role, according to a report.

United have put significant recent effort into finding a director of football, or someone of a similar ilk. Indeed, chief negotiator Matt Judge and right-hand man Ed Woodward currently lead the club’s transfer negotiations.

However, that approach has come in for criticism, with United failing to land top targets in recent windows.

Ajax director of football Overmars has played a fantastic role alongside the club’s chief executive Van der Sar in helping the side get back amongst the elite in recent seasons.

Indeed, their recruitment played a key role as the Dutch champions reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2019.

Now, Overmars has declared that he and Van der Sar are looking for a new challenge.

“When I was appointed in this job at Ajax I knew I only wanted to stay for three or four years ­maximum,” Overmars said (via the Sunday Mirror).

Edwin van der Sar TEAMtalk

“I have been here eight seasons now! For me – but just as much for Edwin – it is sure that we are not going to carry on here until we are 60.

“This job at Ajax is costing too much energy. The whole of the ­Netherlands is constantly on my back and has an opinion about us.

“The job has brought a lot of great things too. Edwin and I are proud that we have brought Ajax back where it should be in Europe.”

As well as reaching the Champions League semi-finals, Ajax reached the Europa League final in 2017.




Manchester City are preparing a £100million raid for Aston Villa pair Jack Grealish and Douglas Luiz (Star on Sunday)

Meanwhile, City boss Pep Guardiola is edging closer to signing an extension at The Etihad (Sunday Telegraph)

Raheem Sterling is an injury concern for England ahead of Sunday’s clash with Belgium (Sunday Telegraph)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane was the recent subject of a robbery by thieves (Sun on Sunday)

Fellow Spurs star Eric Dier has blasted footballing authorities for this season’s intense schedule (Star on Sunday)

Derby County are closing in on a £60million takeover after Phillip Cocu’s sacking as head coach (Sunday Telegraph)

As such, Wayne Rooney has agreed to take his first steps into management (Mail on Sunday)

Egypt doctor Mohamed Abou Elela says Mohamed Salah’s appearance at his brother’s wedding may have contributed to his positive Covid-19 test (Mail on Sunday)

Mason Greenwood

Manchester United have concerns that Mason Greenwood’s career is spiralling out of control (Sunday Mirror)

Southampton could look to sell Mohamed Elyounoussi to Celtic (Hampshire Live)

Barcelona are reportedly satisfied about the progress of contract negotiations with Ansu Fati (Mail on Sunday)

Arturo Vidal, Ansu Fati Barcelona

Meanwhile, LaLiga chief Oliver Tebas says that it will cost half a billion euros to finish the season (Mail on Sunday)

Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips says that Patrick Bamford is knocking on the door for an England call-up (Yorkshire Evening Post)

Juventus are leading the race to sign Bayern Munich defender David Alaba (Tuttosport)