Manchester United are set to suffer a blow in their pursuit of signing Jurrien Timber after the player held tough talks with Dutch boss Louis Van Gaal
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Jurrien Timber’s proposed transfer to Manchester United is “absolutely dead in the water” after speaking to former Red Devils and now Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal.
That’s according to journalist Marcel van der Kraan, who has told via Sky Sports that the 21-year-old will stay at Ajax this summer after Van Gaal told the player he couldn’t guarantee him a place. in the Netherlands squad for the World Cup if he moved and didn’t play. Timber has been capped five times by his national team since his debut last year.
All this despite Timber being ‘eager’ to move to Old Trafford before speaking to Van Gaal. The player’s agent reportedly even traveled to England a few weeks ago for talks with United bosses and Der Kraan claimed the negotiations were “very good”. He added that money was never an issue between the two parties and that Timber was determined to find Erik Ten Hag before Van Gaal intervened.
Timber, a centre-back who can also play on the right of defence, had a great season in the Eredivisie as Ajax won the title. He featured in every league game as the Amsterdam club beat PSV and Feyenoord to win the league for the third time in four seasons.
With the Dutch international now set to stay at Ajax to secure a place in the World Cup squad, the Amsterdam club are keen to tie him down to a new contract. They offered him a new contract and Timber’s agents are currently in talks with them after he refused to move to United.
It is considered a blow for Ten Hag and United, who will now have to consider other targets in this position. Sky Sports have reported that the Red Devils have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Timber team-mate Lisandro Martinez who has been linked with a switch from Ajax.
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The 24-year-old worked with Ten Hag for three seasons and has since secured a place in Argentina’s starting XI ahead of the World Cup. The Dutch manager is keen on bringing Martinez to Old Trafford, although it is understood the player is ‘attracted’ to Arteta’s project at Arsenal, who could also make a move to the left centre-back.
United struggled at the back last season with skipper Harry Maguire often criticized for his below-average performances, while Raphael Varane failed to live up to the hopes some fans had when he joined the Real Madrid club. Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones remain the Red Devils’ other senior centre-backs.