Chelsea are set to undergo a massive squad overhaul this summer on the back of an abysmal campaign that saw them plummet to a lowly tenth place finish in 2015-16, only a year after being champions.
Although the restructuring would not be limited to the first-team as the Blues hierarchy are planning to appoint professionals to enhance the quality among the reserves and youth levels as well.
Former Arsenal ace Marc Overmars has emerged as the ideal candidate to oversee the proceedings in the youth ranks at Chelsea and his record in Eredivisie is exceptional to say the least, according to The Sun.
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Currently the director of football at Ajax, Overmars has made some impressive signings within a stringent budget over the course of the last four years.
He recruited Arkadiusz Milik from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen initially on a year-long loan which provided instant results as the Polish striker scored 11 goals in 21 appearances in his debut season.
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Milik sealed a permanent move worth £2million last year and backed up his brilliant first term with 21 goals in 31 games for Ajax in 2015-16, as per WhoScored.com.
Apart from him, Overmars’ other splendid signing includes teenager Riechedly Bazoer who came through the youth academy and has already been capped by the Netherlands national team.
While the scenario in west London is quite a contrast, with only John Terry the only graduate from the youth level to make a mark in the senior squad in recent times.
Michael Emenalo is the technical director of the former English champions, but failure to promote quality youngsters has not received criticism from the club officials as he is a close confident of owner Roman Abramovich.
If Chelsea are successful in luring Overmars from the Dutch side, the ex-Gunner would be working alongside Emenalo in recruitments for the club as well as youth development.
ON THE VERGE OF QUITTING AJAX
The Stamford Bridge outfit have enquired about the Dutchman’s availability after being aware of the stalling of a new deal with Ajax, thereafter placing a formal offer. However, they are yet to receive any answer from the Eredivisie side.
The 43-year-old would instil the method that has brought him favourable results in prior seasons. Chelsea are desperately seeking improvement in the youth ranks with only a handful of quality prospects at their disposal at present.
The situation would be clearer once Antonio Conte arrives in the capital on Monday to take charge of his new team that would witness a change in operations compared to the previous years.
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