Although new boss Erik ten Hag prioritizes the signing of a new striker and two new midfielders, he has also identified defense as a problem and was keen to be reunited with Ajax’s talent of the year Timber.
However, the Dutch champions are extremely reluctant to lose the 20-year-old and have put a £43m price tag on the versatile defender, who can play at centre-back and right-back.
But agreeing a fee with Ajax might not be the most difficult task United face in their Timber pursuit De Telegraaf report that the Netherlands international is now leaning towards staying in Amsterdam.
Aware that it’s a World Cup year and the tournament starts in November, Timber knows he needs to play regularly to stay in Louis van Gaal’s squad.
But while his place in the starting XI at Ajax is secure, he worries that despite Ten Hag’s presence at United, that won’t be the case.
The Red Devils already have a wealth of senior, established centre-backs – with Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof – and Timber knows he faces a real struggle for minutes at Old Trafford.
In other circumstances it would be a challenge he would take up, but he cannot afford to be left on the bench early in the season as it would jeopardize his World Cup spot.
Timber also has a good example of the pitfalls of moving from Ajax to Old Trafford: Donny van de Beek lost his place in the Dutch side after joining United where he barely played under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick, before being loaned to Everton.
In an interview earlier this week, Timber hinted he could potentially snub United, saying: “Obviously I can develop at Ajax – I’m 100 per cent sure of that.
“I don’t feel like I’m done with the club. But I can also develop at other clubs.
“I’m now concentrating on the upcoming international matches and then going on vacation. I still have a few things to think about. In the end my gut feeling decides.
“The picture has to be right. You can go to a big club. But if you don’t play there, it’s better to stay at Ajax. And Ajax is also a big club.”
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