Man Utd transfer hit with Jurrien Timber ‘reluctant to join Ajax’s Erik ten Hag over risk of move in World Cup year’

MANCHESTER UNITED target Jurrien Timber has reportedly hinted he will stay at Ajax.

It’s another transfer setback for new boss Erik ten Hag, who worked with the star at Ajax as he saw timber as a key option this summer.

Ten Hag managed Timber at Ajax and won an Eredivisie together

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Ten Hag managed Timber at Ajax and won an Eredivisie togetherPhoto credit: Getty
The centre-back reportedly says it is "too big a risk" move to Manchester United

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The centre-back reportedly says it is ‘too big a risk’ to join Man UtdPhoto credit: Getty

The pair worked together at Ajax to win the Eredivisie title last season.

But now reports from Dutch journalist Mike Verweij claim the 21-year-old defender has decided moving to Old Trafford is too risky.

With the World Cup in November, a move to the Premier League “at this point in time” would be too big a change for him.

Timber is inclined to stay in Amsterdam, where he is guaranteed playing time.

The Netherlands international is set to go on holiday this week to make a final decision on his future but is “strongly” inclined to stay put.

Timber’s reps fueled speculation that a transfer was on the horizon last month when they posted a clip at an airport headlined “Deal Closing Time.”

It has even been said that United are ‘close’ to signing the youngster.

Dutch gaffer Ten Hag is keen to sign a new centre-back for Raphael Varane as Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof struggle.

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Timber can play at centre-back and right-back which would solve additional problems for Ten Hag.

The news of Timber’s reluctance is another disappointment for United supporters after Gary Neville admitted he was “concerned” at the failure to sign in this window so far.

The Red Devils have sacked six first-team players this summer but have yet to confirm a new signing under Ten Hag.

Additions are needed and while the club remain locked in talks of Frenkie de Jong’s move, the lack of deals for Neville is becoming an issue.

The club legend wrote on his Twitter account: “I know early in the window but it’s worrying that United are struggling to transact business.

“The others seem solid and ready but United can’t move. Erik ten Hag must gather his group as quickly as possible to form it.

“Bringing you in late will only make it harder for him! Fingers crossed it happens soon!”

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