Manchester United report: Dutch defender confirms, 'My transfer is getting closer'

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag celebrates victory after the UEFA Europa League knockout round play-off leg two match between Manchester United and FC Barcelona at Old Trafford on February 23, 2023 in Manchester, England.
(Image credit: Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Manchester United are closing in on yet another Ajax star following an admission that a transfer is getting "closer". 

Erik ten Hag moved from de Godenzonen to the Red Devils last summer and has wasted no time in raiding former Ajax stars for his Manchester United revolution. Lisandro Martinez reportedly chose United over Arsenal, while Antony was signed for a mammoth fee later in the window. 

Former Ajax star Frenkie de Jong was also a target, while Christian Eriksen played for the Amsterdam outfit in his youth. Ten Hag has been linked with several other stars at the Johan Cruyff Arena, with one openly admitting that he looks like leaving the Eredivisie in the coming weeks. 

Lisandro Martinez Antony

Lisandro Martinez and Antony have both moved from Amsterdam to Manchester, following former boss Ten Hag (Image credit: Getty)

During an interview with Dutch source De Telegraaf – via Italian journalist, Fabrizio Romano – centre-back Jurrien Timber has claimed that he is set to leave the Netherlands this summer, with both United and Liverpool chasing his signature.

Ajax are third in the Eredivisie this season, on course only to play the Europa Conerence League next term. It's been a tumultuous campaign in which manager Alfred Schreuder lost his job, with potentially a handful of big stars departing this summer, too. 

“My transfer is getting closer. There is a lot of specific interest for the summer,” Timber claimed.

“Last summer, Ajax asked me to renew my contract and to stay for one more season. Out of love for the club, I did this.”

Jurrien Timber

Jurrien Timber has confirmed he could leave Ajax imminently (Image credit: Getty)

Manchester United are said to be in the market for new defenders, with Harry Maguire likely to leave this summer. United were in talks last summer with Timber, according to the Guardian.

The Dutchman is valued at €42 million by Transfermarkt

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The rumour mill is ticking over when it comes to new faces at Old Trafford. Two Brighton stars have been linked, with another two Bundesliga players rumoured.

Three big names have been linked with exits, however, while James Ward-Prowse is reportedly on the midfield shortlistGoncalo Ramos is a target and Bruno Fernandes might yet leave

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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.