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Jurrien Timber reveals Ajax exit is imminent amid Liverpool & Manchester United interest

Ajax defender Jurrien Timber has revealed that his exit from the Dutch giants is imminent.

The Netherlands international was the subject of transfer interest from top clubs last summer, but he ended up signing an extension to prolong his stay until 2025.

However, Timber says that he penned the new deal out of respect for his boyhood club but could be on the move this summer, confirming there is growing interest in him.

“A transfer is getting closer and closer, so to speak,” Timber told De Telegraaf. “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 and after the season we will review the situation.”

Manchester United and Liverpool are leading the race for Timber, who has made 42 appearances for Ajax in all competitions this season.

The 21-year-old also took part in the World Cup 2022, making four appearances before the Netherlands were eliminated in the quarter-finals by eventual winners Argentina.

Despite Ajax’s struggles this season, Timber has continued to perform at the highest level, strengthening his status as one of the best young defenders in Europe.

After persuading Lisandro Martinez and Antony to move to Old Trafford last summer, Erik ten Hag also tried to do the same with Timber but to no avail.

However, Timber’s name is still on his wishlist as defensive reinforcements are needed due to the speculated departure of Harry Maguire.

Liverpool are looking to fix their leaky defence after an abysmal season. They need defensive reinforcements with Joel Matip and Joe Gomez facing uncertain futures.

It was recently reported the young Dutch defender’s girlfriend was looking for a new house in Liverpool, suggesting a potential move to Anfield.

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