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Football: Overmars on his way.

MARC OVERMARS is heading for the country that dumped him out of Euro 2000. The Dutchman revealed after his country's penalty shoot-out exit to Italy that he will hold talks with Arsenal next week.

The flying winger has not ruled out leaving Highbury, and Serie A club Lazio are favourites for the pounds 15 million signature. But they will be pushed all the way by their bitter local rivals, AS Roma, and Spanish giants Barcelona.

Overmars, bitterly disappointed after the hosts' defeat, was asked whether he would be staying at Arsenal next season and replied: "I really don't want to talk about it at the moment but you never know. There are some meetings with the club going on, we will talk over the next week."

Significantly, Overmars, who joined Arsenal from Ajax in July 1997 for pounds 7m, still refuses to publicly commit himself to the London club even though he has two years left on his current deal.

Arsenal may now be forced to double his current pounds 25,000-a-week contract to prevent him moving, and boss Arsene Wenger has made it perfectly clear he does not wish him to go.

Meanwhile Wenger has received a boost from three Arsenal stars who are preparing to line-up for France in tomorrow's final against Italy.

Midfield pair Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit have both said that they are happy to stay with the Gunners, despite constant suggestions linking them with moves abroad.

The two midfielders will be in the side along with Arsenal team-mate and scoring sensation Thierry Henry in the final.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Dillon, John
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 1, 2000
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