Ajax defender Jurrien Timber was spotted at the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Manchester City, leading to speculation about a summer transfer to Erik ten Hag’s team. The Netherlands international acknowledged that a transfer is getting closer and he has made agreements with Ajax regarding the coming summer transfer period. Timber had interest from Manchester United last summer but signed a new contract with Ajax until mid-2025. He did not exclude the possibility of leaving Ajax in the summer and said he wants to take the step of playing football abroad, but he is still happy at Ajax and in no hurry to leave.
Based on FootballTransfers, Jurrien Timber’s presence at the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Manchester City has fuelled rumors that he could make a summer transfer to Erik ten Hag’s side. A photo of the Ajax defender in the area around Wembley went viral on social media on Saturday, attracting the attention of media outlets. The Netherlands international, who must report to the Dutch national team on Monday, was accompanied by his brother and Feyenoord player Quinten Timber.
Timber acknowledged over a month ago in a conversation with De Telegraaf that the moment of a transfer is getting closer. The 15-time international enjoyed interest from Manchester United last summer but eventually stayed and signed a new contract in Amsterdam until mid-2025. Timber then made agreements with Ajax regarding the coming summer transfer period.
Timber did not want to exclude the possibility that he will make a move in the summer and close the door at Ajax behind him. “A transfer is getting closer, so to speak. There is a lot of concrete interest, and I have made agreements with Ajax. Last year, Ajax asked me to stay for at least one more season and to extend my contract. As a club boy, I did that with love. After the season is over, we will review the situation,” he said.
The exodus of important players last summer and Ajax’s less successful choices on the transfer market have had an impact on the club’s disappointing campaign. Timber does not regret staying, though. “I make my own choices, separate from the team. But it is no secret that we have a lesser squad than last season,” he admitted.
Timber has played 121 official matches for Ajax, scoring six goals and providing four assists. Based on the FootballTransfers algorithm, Timber’s Expected Transfer Value (xTV) is currently €42.5 million.
If Timber does join Manchester United, it will be interesting to see how he fits in with the team. United is in the market for a new center-back, and Timber’s versatility and ball-playing ability could make him an ideal signing. However, United will face stiff competition for his signature, with several other top European clubs reportedly interested in the defender.
In the meantime, Timber will focus on his duties with the Dutch national team, where he will hope to impress ahead of the European Championships. With the tournament set to kick off next week, Timber will be eager to prove that he has what it takes to compete at the highest level and attract even more interest from potential suitors.
In short, Timber’s potential transfer to Manchester United is still up in the air, but it’s clear that he has the talent and potential to succeed at the highest level. Whether he ends up at Old Trafford or elsewhere, it will be fascinating to see where his career takes him next.