Manchester United transfer target Jurrien Timber 'best in Europe' for his age, as talks opened with Ajax
Manchester United transfer target Jurrien Timber is the ‘best in Europe’ for his age group, according to new figures.
The Guardian report Manchester United are in the ‘initial stages’ for talks to sign the defender.
The Dutch club value Timber at £43 million (50m Euros), with the report stating Manchester United have made contact with Ajax over a move.
Ajax are hoping to tie Timber to a new deal too, with The Guardian reporting they will be making a pitch to the defender to extend his contract, with his current one running to 2024.
The Eredivisie champions may prefer to cash in on Timber, rather than let his deal get to next summer, when their hand will be weakened, where they will have just 12 months remaining before he becomes a free agent.
Jurrien Timber ‘best in Europe’ for his age
If there is one concern with Timber’s potential move to the Premier League, it could be his height. The youngster is 5ft 9′.
Figures suggest this won’t be an issue. FCUpdate show numbers today which demonstrate how Timber thrives on the physical side of the game and is the ‘best in Europe’ among his peers.
Timber won 67 per cent of his duels this season. Among players in Europe’s top seven leagues, Timber is the youngest player to have a win rate of more than 65 per cent.
This is above Monaco’s imposing centre-back Benoit Badiashile, who is a year older, and stands at 6ft 3″ tall, who won 65 per cent of his duels.
Timber won Ajax’s talent of the year award this past season, a decision Erik ten Hag described as a ‘no brainer’, per Voetball International.
Sky Germany reported a month ago that Bayern Munich were keen on Timber, but Manchester United appear to be frontrunners.
It is no surprise to see Erik ten Hag chasing his signature. The Mirror report Timber is one of two priority signings the new manager wants at Old Trafford, along with striker Darwin Nunez.
The decision will be down to Timber. Ajax are making him their pitch to stay, while United are looking to bring him aboard. If Timber expresses an interest to move to United, this move could push forward.
For the moment, Timber is on international duty with the Netherlands, which has the potential to hold up a move until mid-June.