Manchester United told to pay £35m for Jurrien Timber

Manchester United would need to shell out a transfer fee of £35m to sign Jurrien Timber from AFC Ajax this summer.

According to Mirror, new Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag wants to bring in six new signings in the summer transfer window, with Ajax defender Jurrien Timber among his priority targets. However, the Dutch champions will demand a fee of £35m for the 20-year-old centre-half.

Timber joined the Ajax academy from Feyenoord in 2014 and has enjoyed rapid progression through the club’s ranks. The defender broke into the club’s first-team setup in March 2020, aged 18, with ten Hag handing him his debut for the Eredivisie giants. Since then, the defender has become a mainstay at the back of the club.

To date, Timber has made 74 appearances for Ajax, scoring four goals. He also has six caps for the Netherlands national team, having made his debut for the Orange in June of last year. Mainly a centre-back, the 20-year-old is also capable of playing at right-back.

Ten Hag has taken the reins as manager of Manchester United and is looking to build a team in his image as he plans to return the team to the top after a dismal campaign. And defense is one area the 52-year-old tactician is keen to strengthen, which is understandable given Manchester United’s dismal backline displays over the past season.

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Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof endured poor campaigns while Raphael Varane’s first season in England was marred by injuries. Also, with Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe should be moving this summerManchester United could do with adding at least one new centre-back ahead of the upcoming season.

And The wood became the first target for ten Haggiven the familiar look and the fact that the 20-year-old has plenty of potential and could become a mainstay at the heart of Manchester United’s defense for years to come.

Timber has a contract with Ajax which runs until the summer of 2024. But the Dutch champions are said to be willing to do a free deal for £35million which is unlikely to be a problem for Manchester United. The Red Devils will now be looking to complete the deal as soon as possible to give the player enough time to mingle with the rest of the squad ahead of the start of the season.

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