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Manchester United Set To Rival Roma For Highly-Rated Fullback: Ten Hag Must Get Him At All Costs

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Pratik Das
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Recent reports from Italian media outlet Calciomercato claim that Roma are set to compete with Manchester United for Jurrien Timber’s signature in the upcoming transfer window as Jose Mourinho looks set to add to his defensive options.

‘Jurrien Timber, central defensive for Ajax and the Dutch national team, is Roma’s favourite profile. The Giallorossi observers have followed him several times in this start of the season and the reports are more than positive. But on the class of 2001, there will be competition from top clubs such as Bayern Munich and Manchester United to beat, as well as overcome the obstacle of a valuation of around 30 million euros. Another road leads to Evian Ndicka from Eintracht Frankfurt: the French defender is about to expire in June, but Juventus also like him very much.’ – The translated version of the report read.

Jurrien Timber was heavily linked to a move to Manchester United in the past transfer window; however, the club eventually decided to sign his teammate Lisandro Martinez.

Ajax's Jurrien Timber
Ajax’s Jurrien Timber

Ten Hag Must Sign Him At All Costs

Having come through the ranks at Ajax, Timber made his debut for the senior team in a 3-1 win over SC Heerenveen on 7 March 2020. Over the course of the last three years, he has made 84 appearances for the Dutch giants, bagging six goal contributions across all competitions.

The ten-times Netherlands international has managed to put up some awe-inspiring numbers on the board this season – averaging 0.9 tackles, one interception, 1.9 clearances, 0.4 blocks, and 1.7 long balls per ninety minutes in the Eredivisie (calculated over 615 minutes). Furthermore, with an average WhoScored rating of 6.79, he has been one of the best players on his side this term. Capable of playing as a centre-back in the hour of need, versatility is one of his main strengths.

At 21, the Dutch international has some of the best years ahead of him, so United need to fend off the interest from rival clubs and try their best to sign him.

(Stats from WhoScored)

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