Manchester United to face competition in pursuit of central defender

A number of European clubs look set to do battle for Ajax central defender, Jurrien Timber.

Timber is currently being managed by Erik ten Hag in the Dutch capital. However, recent reports have suggested that the stopper is one of the players whom ten Hag would be keen to bring to Old Trafford should he become Manchester United's permanent boss this summer.

Now, though, fresh reports this week have pointed towards Chelsea as also being interested in the youngster, with Manchester United and Arsenal too named as interested parties.

Timber himself, meanwhile, has previously suggested that he would be open to a move to Manchester City:

Timber’s Ajax stint

But just who is Jurrien Timber, the man whom every top English club appears to boast at least some interest in?

Timber has spent the last eight years plying his trade in Amsterdam with Ajax.

The 20-year-old joined the Dutch powerhouse’s youth ranks back in 2014, departing fellow Eredivisie side, Feyenoord.

Timber enjoyed several successful years with Ajax’s youth sides, and is a Dutch under-17 champion.

However, despite still only being 20, the stopper has long been establishing himself as something of a key cog in Ajax’s senior setup.

The central defender truly burst onto the first-team scene during the 2020/21 campaign, when he featured 20 times in the league and five times in the Europa League for Ajax.

And he has since managed to maintain his starting berth across the current season, playing 37 games across all competitions to date.

As well as becoming a key figure in Ajax’s backline, Timber has earned six senior Netherlands caps since being afforded his debut last year.

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Josh Barker

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