It’s not all bleak for Manchester United if defensive target Jurrien Timber snubs a meeting with Erik ten Hag in favor of a new deal with Ajax. The 20-year-old defender doesn’t seem fully committed to a transfer this summer as he wants to play regularly ahead of the Netherlands’ first World Cup since 2014.
He knows jumping ship and joining United is a risk given there is no guarantee he will play week in week out.
“You can go to a big club. But if you don’t play there, it’s better to stay at Ajax,” he told De Telegraaf.
“And Ajax is also a great club. We play Champions League football and I play there with the best players in the Netherlands. It’s not nothing.
Nonetheless, Timber is yet to make his final decision but United can’t afford to wait, especially when there are more established options on the table.
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Instead, Torres – who has now played at the highest level for several seasons for club and country – is a signing that does what it says on the tin.
He would be a real rival and competitor for Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane who helps drive this united team to new heights.
Timber would need some patience and while there is no doubting his talent, he would need to be integrated alongside Ten Hag.
There is also the added pressure of where he played under the new United boss previously in Amsterdam and fans will expect him to deliver.
As seen previously with Memphis Depay under Louis van Gaal, sometimes the pressure to join a club of Manchester United’s stature can be all-consuming.
That’s why Timber is well within his rights to hesitate to move with Ajax undeniably the best place for his development.
Torres has been considered by Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham in recent transfer windows and that would suggest he is more than capable of taking over at United.
There are not many central defenders with his qualities, nor many left-handers.
It would help provide a refreshing balance to United’s backline given how many times we’ve seen Harry Maguire get his feet up in confusion when pressed by the opposition attack.
There’s no reason United can’t return for Timber at a later date but right now there’s an element of risk in signing the 20-year-old and Ten Hag has no time to lose if they want to close the gap on Manchester. City and Liverpool.