Manchester United (opens in new tab) have opened talks with Ajax for defender Jurrien Timber, say reports, with the youngster set to follow Erik ten Hag from Amsterdam to Old Trafford.
Ten Hag will succeed Ralf Rangnick as United boss at the end of the season, but he's already busy building his squad for next season.
According to Sky Sport Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg (opens in new tab), Timber is at the forefront of the new manager’s transfer plans.
Negotiations are underway between the two clubs for a transfer after the Premier League side showed serious interest, although Bayern Munich (opens in new tab) have also made an inquiry.
Timber has been a key member of Ten Hag’s Ajax side this season, making 30 Eredivisie appearances as the capital club won the Dutch title.
The 20-year-old boasts impressive experience for his age, having made 74 senior appearances for Ajax, including nine in the Champions League, and won six senior Netherlands caps.
Timber also won the Marco van Basten award for Ajax’s ‘talent of the year’ for 2022, a prize previously claimed by the likes of Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Matthijs de Ligt.
According to Transfermarkt (opens in new tab), his market value is €30 million (£25m).
Shoring up the defence is sure to be high on Ten Hag’s list of priorities after a season in which the Red Devils have conceded 56 Premier League goals, the eighth-worst record in the division.
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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.
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