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Ajax put a heavy price on Manchester United for signing top Erik ten Hag, target Jurrien Timber

The Dutch champions are extremely reluctant to sell the defender (Images: Getty Images)

Manchester United have opened talks with Ajax to sign defender Jurrien Timber but have reportedly been quoted with a mammoth price tag for signing the 20-year-old.

Eager to bring in several new faces before the players return to pre-season, new manager Erik ten Hag has been linked with some of his old Ajax charges, who are well attuned to his playing style and philosophy.

Centre-back Timber, who was named Ajax Talent of the Year in his most recent title-winning campaign, has quickly emerged as the player Ten Hag would most like to be reunited with.

Ajax have put a heavy price on Manchester United for signing Jurrien Timber

Timber quickly earned a place in the Netherlands national team (Picture: Getty)

The youngster’s agent has was spotted last week at United’s London office, which has been Ten Hag’s base of operations since he left Amsterdam earlier this month.

Now The Times reports that United have officially started talks with Ajax over a deal for Timber, although the Dutch champions are extremely reluctant to sell.

Despite Timber having just two years left on his contract, Ajax want up to £43m for the academy graduate – a fee that would make him the third-most expensive exit of all time.

Ajax have only sold two players for more money: Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt who joined Barcelona and Juventus respectively.

They also intend to try and convince Timber to stay at the club by offering him a new contract, although it is believed he is keen on a Ten Hag reunion.

It was the new United boss who made Timber his debut in 2020 and the Netherlands international has spoken enthusiastically about his compatriot, saying he is “very important to me personally – it was under him that I became the footballer and the man that I am today am”.

Ajax have put a heavy price on Manchester United for signing Jurrien Timber

Timber and Ten Hag have a very good relationship (Picture: Getty)

Although Ten Hag’s priority is to improve his midfield and attack – he wants a new striker and two new central midfielders – he also feels United’s leaky defense is an area that also needs strengthening.

Timber’s Ajax team-mate Lisandro Martinez – who was named the club’s player of the season – is also of interest, as is Villarreal’s Pau Torres.

The Spaniard’s contract is believed to include a release clause worth around £55million, slightly more than the fee Ajax are asking for Timber, while convincing Torres to leave Spain will be very difficult.

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