Ex-Man Utd target Jurrien Timber claims 'a transfer is getting closer'

Ex-Man United target Jurrien Timber claims ‘a transfer is getting closer and closer’ as the Ajax defender says he ‘wants to take the step to move abroad’… after insisting he stayed with his boyhood club ‘out of love’

  • Timber was heavily targeted by Erik ten Hag during his Eredivise raid in 2022
  • But talks dissolved and the 21-year-old defender stayed in Amsterdam
  • The Dutchman has been a stalwart in Ajax’s backline this season  

Ajax ace Jurrien Timber has once again hinted that a move away from the Eredivisie may be forthcoming as he admits that ‘a transfer is coming closer and closer’. 

The Dutch defender was previously linked with a move to Manchester United upon the appointment of his former manager Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford. 

But after a string of discussions during last summer’s transfer window, talks between the two parties fell through and Timber made the decision to stay at his boyhood club. 

The 21-year-old previously teased the possibility of moving a year later in March, stating that ‘you never know what crosses your path’, but has brought up the subject in a second interview as the window’s opening draws closer. 

Speaking to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Timber said: ‘A transfer is getting closer and closer, so to speak. 

Jurrien Timber has hinted that he is getting ‘closer and closer’ to moving on from Ajax 

The Dutch defender has been a stalwart in Ajax’s backline during their turbulent campaign

‘There is a lot of concrete interest and I have made agreements with Ajax. 

‘Last year Ajax asked me to stay for at least one more season and to extend my contract. As a club boy, I did that with love and after the season we will review the situation.

‘At the Dutch national team, I often talk to boys who play football abroad,’ Timber continued. ‘I want to take that step someday. 

‘But when that is, you will eventually hear and it will happen in consultation with Ajax. 

‘I’m still here anyway and I’m in no hurry. The focus is now on the cup final and the remainder of the competition.’

Timber enjoyed a good relationship with his former manager Erik ten Hag (centre), who had hoped the player would follow him to Manchester in 2022

Ajax currently sit third in the Eredivisie behind PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord, both of whom have had breakout seasons whilst the Dutch giants have faltered somewhat. 

Ten Hag’s replacement, Alfred Schreuder, was sacked in January after only securing two wins in the three months prior to his ousting.  

However, under their former under-23s coach Johnny Heitinga, the side are still in contention for silverware, and will face PSV on Sunday in the final of the Dutch Cup. 

Whilst United’s interest in the defender, who has started 42 matches for Ajax this season, has cooled, Timber has been eyed by Liverpool, who are preparing for an active transfer window. 

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