Word stemming from the Dutch media on Monday suggests that, should he be appointed as manager of Manchester United, Ajax boss Erik ten Hag has already set his sights on one of those currently at his disposal in Amsterdam as a key summer transfer target.
The player in question? Jurrien Timber.
Timber, 20, has long been viewed as one of the next crop of elite breakthrough talents from the famed youth setup at Dutch heavyweights Ajax.
Despite his tender years, the stopper has already established himself as a regular for both club and country alike, featuring from the off in all but four of Ajax’s Eredivisive outings to this point in the campaign.
Such development has, of course, been overseen by the aforementioned ten Hag, with the Dutch tactician having long made his belief in the talents of his fellow countryman clear.
In turn, it perhaps should not come as a huge surprise to hear that, in the case that he departs The Johan Cruyff Arena this summer, Ajax’s boss would be keen to bring Timber along with him.
As per Dutch journalist Mike Verweij, speaking on De Telegraaf’s Kick Off podcast, ten Hag has set his sights firmly on the young defender’s signature, should he be installed as the new manager of Manchester United.
Such links of course make sense, with the heart of the club’s backline having emerged as something of an area of concern at Old Trafford across the campaign to date, owing to the struggles of Harry Maguire and, to a lesser extent, Raphael Varane.
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Ten Hag imminent?
Interestingly, word of ten Hag’s rumoured interest in Timber comes fresh on the back of major developments in the Dutchman’s proposed Man United switch being touted in the press earlier in the day.
In fact, some have gone as far as to suggest that an agreement has been all but wrapped up, with those in a position of power at Old Trafford having acted decisively in their managerial hunt amid another hugely underwhelming campaign to date.
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This article was edited by Ben Browning.