Manchester United could miss out on Timber to Bayern after Van Gaal backing
Manchester United have been strongly linked with Ajax star Jurrien Timber, but now Bayern Munich are threatening to complicate the chase.
Sky Germany reports Bayern have reached out to Jurrien Timber’s representatives over a potential summer move.
The report states Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal has recommended Timber to Bayern, another club he used to manage, in addition to Ajax and Manchester United.
United should be worried
New manager Erik ten Hag would be the key to this deal for Manchester United, but there is ample reason to worry about landing the Netherlands international if Bayern are involved.
The German champions can offer him consistent silverware, and regular Champions League football. At United, Timbe would have to wait for both.
Bayern are also on the hunt for a new defender. They are set to lose Niklas Sule to rivals Dortmund, and have missed out on Antonio Rudiger and Nico Schlotterbeck, after enquiring unsuccessfully after both.
The added element is Bayern are also potentially signing two of Timber’s Ajax teammates. Talks are ongoing with Ryan Gravenberch, while Noussair Mazraoui is set to sign as a free agent, despite a late enquiry from United.
Perhaps Bayern can’t sign all three, but then, why not? Timber is a top talent, just 20, already representing his country, who can play at centre-back and right-back, a regular for Ten Hag’s side.
United’s transfer business still not taking shape
Ten Hag was appointed a fortnight ago and the club’s top transfer targets are yet to really be established. Timber is regarded as one of the most likely options, but this is purely down to the Ten Hag connection, rather than the club actually actively moving ahead with a deal.
If the club continue to wait, and take time, other clubs will move ahead. It is now May, and United need deals done ideally by early July, when Ten Hag will link up with the players and then head off on pre-season tour.
Bayern have now stolen a march on a potential deal for Timber, and United may simply not be able to compete with the German champions.