Manchester United summer 2022 target Jurrien Timber to decide Ajax future in coming months
Jurrien Timber, who Manchester United wanted to sign in the summer of 2022, is going to look at options and decide on his Ajax future in the coming months.
The Red Devils had earmarked the Holland international as a priority defensive target ahead of the start of this season. Erik ten Hag was eyeing a reunion with the centre-back. However, he ended up staying in Amsterdam.
Subsequently, the 21-year-old signed a new contract with De Godenzonen until June 2025. However, speaking to Ajax Live (h/t Manchester Evening News), he admitted to being open to a move.
“You never know what will come your way. Last summer there was interest, but I made the choice to stay with Ajax.
“Next summer I will look at the options again and make a choice. I’m in the right place at Ajax, that’s the most important thing for now.”
Timber made his way through the youth ranks at Ajax. In the 2020/21 campaign, the defender broke into the Amsterdam-based club’s senior squad. Subsequently, his influence in the team has grown over the years.
The 21-year-old has once again been a pivotal player for the Eredivisie outfit this season. He has made 35 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal and providing two assists.
Timber is a versatile defender, capable of playing at right-back. The 21-year-old also started in all but one game for the Netherlands in the 2022 World Cup. Louis van Gaal’s team were eventually knocked out by Argentina in the quarter-finals.
At the moment, United’s backline has enough depth. Lisandro Martinez has proven to be a great addition to the team. The Argentine was signed from Ajax last summer.
The 25-year-old has formed a solid partnership with Raphael Varane at the Old Trafford side. As a result, other centre-backs like Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have had to settle for a place on the bench.
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Therefore, if any of the out-of-favour defenders were to leave, we would evidently need reinforcements. However, it remains to be seen whether the Red Devils will rekindle their interest in Timber in the coming months.