Erik ten Hag responds to suggestions he could do double deal for Jurrien Timber and Antony
New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has responded to suggestions he could strike a double deal for Jurrien Timber and Antony.
Timber and Antony are reported by The Mirror to be two players Ten Hag wants to bring with him to Manchester United.
The Dutchman is beginning work at Manchester United already, after completing the season with Ajax.
When asked about signing Timber and Antony, in an interview with De Telegraaf, Ten Hag did his best to answer diplomatically.
Ten Hag asked about double deal for Jurrien Timber and Antony
Ten Hag admitted there would be competition for both players, and focused on the damage losing Antony would create for Ajax.
He said: “I think all top clubs have Timber in their sight. If Antony would go… it would be a blow for Ajax because in their current squad there is nobody to replace him.”
Ten Hag had to do without Antony for the final few weeks of the season due to injury, and lamented his absence.
He also likely appreciates that a transfer deal for the Brazilian will be expensive. Due to the fact it will be hard to replace him, the Dutch club will seek a high fee for his services.
This could rule United out, if more money is invested in other areas, with United also seeking a makeover in midfield.
Timber recently won Ajax’s ‘talent of the year’ award, chosen by Ten Hag and his staff. The young defender has been a regular in the team, and has also been capped by the Netherlands.
Ten Hag is hardly going to come out and say ‘yes I am looking to sign both players’, even if he wants to. But he did not exactly rule it out. Even if he is able to sign one of them, it could make a big difference to his Manchester United project.