Transfer News: Manchester United target Jurrien Timber inclined to stay at Ajax
According to transfer news from De Telegraaf, Despite Erik ten Hag’s interest to reunite with Jurrien Timber at Manchester United, the defender is eyeing a stay with his current club.
Jurrien Timber has proven to be a crucial asset for Erik ten Hag’s Ajax in their latest campaign. Despite being only 20, the Dutchman has already become a regular performer for his side. He completed a total of 43 appearances across all competitions for de Godenzonen, which is an emphatic achievement considering he only got promoted to the first team in 2020.
Manchester United have remained interested in Timber. New Red Devils manager Ten Hag is believed to be an admirer of the youngster and wants to lure him to Old Trafford in the following summer window. The 20-year-old defender’s expected price tag of €40m is said to be ‘considerable’ but not unachievable for United.
However, at the end of the day, the player’s intentions would value a lot regarding his future destination and at the moment it is believed that the 20-year-old is more inclined towards extending his contract with the Dutch outfit.
Ajax are expected to meet with Timber’s agent to discuss a possible renewal deal which includes a pay raise. On top of that, the club is also reviewing the possibility of uniting the Dutchman with his brother Quinten, who is currently at FC Utrecht.
Blow for United?
Manchester United’s defence has been shambolic in the latest campaign. The Red Devils’ defenders’ major blunders might have cost the team a place in the Champions League and the new manager might not be much successful if he keeps the same backline going into the next season.
Ten Hag has coached Timber at Ajax and understands his strengths and weaknesses pretty vividly. The partnership can work wonders for United’s defence. The defender’s arrival would also ensure that the available players break a sweat to get into the starting lineup.
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However, if the latest news is genuine then United might not be successful in luring him away from Ajax. The Red Devils might not match the Dutch team’s guarantees in providing him with a cemented spot in the starting lineup and Champions League football for next season.
The Red Devils have to look for other alternatives in the market. As the Dutch manager has a specific style, not every quality defender would be a fit for his team. Thus, the United board should give him the ultimate power to decide whom to sign in the following summer window.