Jurrien Timber, who is being courted by Manchester United, acknowledged in a throwback interview that he would be open to a transfer to rivals Manchester City.
Sky Germany reports that although Ajax management wants to keep Timber, they have acknowledged that he is probably going to leave.
The 21-year-old center back admitted this week that he will likely leave this summer, and the Dutch powerhouses are reportedly asking £44 million for him.
So to speak, a transfer is approaching fast. There is a lot of actual interest, and Ajax and I have agreements,” he told the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
Ajax asked me to sign a contract extension and stay for at least one more season last year. I did that out of love for the club, and after the season, we’ll discuss the situation.”
According to The Mirror, the player has not received any firm offers, but United are reportedly interested because manager Erik ten Hag previously worked with the defender at Ajax.
Ten Hag was reportedly “stunned” by Timber’s decision to reject United last summer, but it hasn’t stopped the Old Trafford club from trying again this year, according to the publication.
Additionally, clubs like Barcelona and City expressed interest in Timber over the past summer.
The Dutch international even admitted it would be difficult to resist a move to Pep Guardiola’s team, which could discourage United from signing the defender.
Timber stated in an interview with Helden Magazine from last summer: “I like to play for prizes, which is why I prefer (Manchester) City to Barcelona right now. Currently, Barcelona is going through a rough patch.
“I want to improve as a player and make the most of my time at Ajax. I want to intentionally enjoy this time because at Ajax, you have to be happy if you are in the starting lineup.
“This is the best place to play for prizes; there is no other place like it. I slept with an Ajax duvet, as that team was always my ideal team.
I’ll be here for a while. But what should I say if Manchester City calls?”.
Harry Maguire ‘could have thrived’ at Man City under Pep Guardiola, according to Man Utd staff
One member of the Manchester United staff reportedly said that Harry Maguire could have flourished at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola.
The most expensive defender in the world, Maguire moved to United from Leicester City in the summer of 2019 for a reported £80 million.
After Ashley Young left the club in January 2020, he was named club captain. During his first season at the club, he participated in every minute of the Premier League season.
When he led United to a second-place finish in the top flight the following season (2020–21), Maguire was also impressive.
One of the reasons Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team lost to Villarreal on penalties in the 2021 Europa League final was his absence from the game.
Nevertheless, despite performing admirably at the international level at Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup, the England international has struggled with consistency at the club level since then.
Manchester City’s interest in the defender before his transfer to United has resurfaced as Erik ten Hag’s plans for him beyond this season are uncertain.
Additionally, it is said that Red Devils staff members think he could have succeeded under Guardiola.
The Athletic reported that an unnamed member of staff at Old Trafford shared their perspective on Maguire’s time there and how much different things might have been if he had joined the blue side of Manchester.
The article states: “One former member of staff on the football side at United comes to the conclusion that Maguire was a good player in a dysfunctional environment, who he believes would have thrived at City with the stability and tactical prowess of Guardiola.”
In November 2019, Guardiola acknowledged that City was interested in Maguire but was unable to match United’s offer.
(Sky Sports quote) “Maguire is an excellent, top-class player,” he said. Despite our interest, we were unable to afford it. United is able to afford it.
He is a great player for the national team and had a fantastic World Cup.
“He’s so strong in the air, good with the ball, does the build-up, drives with the ball, and he’s fast, so fast. All the traits apply to him. United deserves praise for obtaining this signature.”
In addition, according to those close to the player, he wants to stay at Old Trafford and fight to regain his starting spot, which he held during Solskjaer’s time in charge.