Manchester United Start Talks To Make Their First Signing Under Erik ten Hag

Ajax Amsterdam coach Erik ten Hag in the Champions League.

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Manchester United have opened talks with Ajax regarding the signing of Jurrien Timber, as they aim to fulfill Erik ten Hag’s desire of making the defender one of his first signings.

As per the Guardian, discussions between the two clubs are at an initial stage, and the Eredivisie champions may value their player at about €50m.

Timber, who has experience of playing at both centre-back and right-back, was handed his senior Ajax debut by Ten Hag. The United manager is an admirer of his qualities, and wants to make him an integral part of his squad at Old Trafford. Timber is also keen to follow his footsteps.

But it is believed that Ajax have offered the Netherlands international new terms, with his current contract set to expire in two years.

The 20-year-old is currently on national duty and is focused on the upcoming Netherlands matches, and will think about his future afterwards. In his recent interview with Dutch outlet De Telegraaf, Timber said that he doesn’t feel like he’s done at Ajax, but can also ‘develop at other clubs.’

Further, Ten Hag is also monitoring Villarreal’s Pau Torres. The left-footed centre-back has a release clause of about €60m.

Both Timber and Torres are excellent in progressing play and fit the profile of defenders Ten Hag needs.