Manchester United chief Ed Woodward is reportedly restarting the side’s hunt for a new director of football and has made former shot-stopper Edwin van der Sar his top target.
The Red Devils’ executive vice-chairman has been looking to overhaul the club’s approach to recruitment for a while, though paused his plans during the summer transfer market.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was given green light to go after his preferred targets, prioritising young, driven British talents who the Norwegian felt possessed the right ‘DNA’ to play for the Old Trafford outfit.
But, according to the Mirror, Ed still wants to bring in someone to aid Ole and sees the Dutchman as the stand-out candidate.
He is currently the CEO of the Eredivisie giants Ajax – a role similar to that which Ed has at Old Trafford – though he’d be tasked with overseeing and refining Manchester United’s approach to recruitment.
Ed is believed to have spoken to other one-time United players about roles at Old Trafford, including the likes of Patrice Evra, Darren Fletcher and Rio Ferdinand.
But none have the Patrice Evra and know-how of van der Sar, who has quickly become an important player on the board of the European Club Association.
Edwin will be difficult to prise away from de Joden and he is very happy in his current role in the Dutch capital, while it is the director of football Marc Overmars who performs the duties that Ed expects from his appointment.
Under the duo, Ajax have turned over a profit in excess of £200m in recent campaigns – selling the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt for huge fees – while also building a roster that won the Eredivisie last campaign and made the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League.