Much of the speculation surrounding Borussia Dortmund recently has been over the future of Thomas Tuchel. But now, Michael Zorc’s status at the club will also be coming into question.
According to the Telegraph, Arsenal have contacted Zorc about possibly taking a Director-of-Football job with them in England.
Borussia Dortmund director of football Michael Zorc has been approached about taking in a job in the Premier League with Arsenal believed to be interested in the German.
Zorc has been sounded out by a firm of London-based headhunters who have been used by Arsenal in the past about the possibility of a switch to England.
Although the club in question is being kept a closely guarded secret by all parties, Arsenal are on the lookout for a sporting director and it is understood 54-year-old Zorc is interested in the proposal he received.
Former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars, who is director of football at Ajax, has claimed that he is on a list of candidates for the Arsenal post.
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis wants to appoint a sporting director to either work with Arsene Wenger or a new Arsenal manager if the Frenchman leaves.
Arsenal’s “sporting director” role seems like it would be quite similar to the DoF title that Zorc has at Dortmund. He’d be heavily involved in transfer policy, and the general composition of the team.
The Telegraph is a relatively reputable source, as is Matt Law for news on Arsenal. But a lot of this depends on what the Arsenal board decide to do with Arsene Wenger. If they haven’t made a decision on Wenger’s future, they probably aren’t close to any sort of deal with Zorc either.
But the possible departure of Zorc is a curve-ball in this whole Tuchel vs Watzke dilemma. It’s another cloud of doubt hanging over Dortmund, who were supposed to have a quiet and stable summer this year. At the moment, it’s looking like it will be much stormier than that.