Man Utd open talks with Liverpool target as Jurrien Timber alternative | Soccer

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Carmo a fallback option should Timber United decline (Picture: Getty)

Jurrien Timber stays Manchester United’s first-choice defensive target this summer but the club have also been in talks with Portuguese defender David Carmo.

Erik ten Hag is hoping to make his former Ajax defender Timber one of the first big additions to his Old Trafford squad.

The 20-year-old spent most of last season at centre-back but also occasionally played at right-back.

United hope to strengthen both positions this summer as the club are ready to hear offers for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who is heavily linked with a Crystal Palace return.

While Timber is a priority, United have identified Carmo as a fallback option. According to the Manchester Evening News, the Premier League side have already held two rounds of talks with the 22-year-old Braga defender.

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Wood is United’s first choice (Image: Getty)

Carmo, called up to the Portugal side this week, was briefly linked with a move to Liverpool during the Reds’ defensive injury crisis in 2020-21.

Reports in Portugal have recently claimed Liverpool have reignited that interest with Jurgen Klopp as an admirer. Carmo reportedly has a £34million release clause in his contract.

Timber, meanwhile, has hinted he is undecided on leaving Ajax this summer.

“Of course I can develop further at Ajax – I’m 100 percent sure of that,” said Timber.

“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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