Liverpool interested in signing 21-year-old defender who claimed he could dominate Darwin Nunez
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Liverpool interested in signing 21-year-old defender who claimed he could dominate Darwin Nunez

Ajax defender Jurrien Timber is attracting interest from Liverpool ahead of the summer transfer window.

Liverpool are potentially in the market for a centre-back as they look for a long-term successor to Virgil van Dijk. And according to 90min, Timber is a possible candidate.

They claim that the 21-year-old is currently ‘exploring his options’ as he evaluates an end of season move. As a result of his desire to leave Amsterdam, Timber is said to be ‘of interest’ to the Reds.

However, Liverpool are reportedly far from the only team interested in the Netherlands international. Manchester United are said to be long-term admirers, with 90min sources claiming that Erik ten Hag would ‘sign Timber tomorrow.’

Despite that, the timing may not line-up for United, who are reportedly more interested in signing a striker and a midfielder. That wouldn’t leave a clear path for Liverpool, though. Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Marseille, Atletico Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be monitoring Timber’s situation.

Timber a new name on Liverpool’s list

As Liverpool look to shore up their defence plenty of names have been put forward as options. The leading candidate would so far look to be RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol. However, names such as Antonio Silva, Evan Ndicka and Goncalo Inacio have also been motted.

In that respect, Timber is a new one. Given that he’s seemingly readily on the market in the summer, that’s a bit of a surprise.

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Still only twenty-one, the Ajax man already has a wealth of experience under his belt. Timber has already played over 100 times for his club and has 14 caps for the Netherlands, including five appearances at the World Cup.

He’s well-used to fighting at the top of his domestic league and has featured 15 times in the Champions League.

Two of those appearances have come against Liverpool. Although he’s been on the losing end in each of those games, that wasn’t for a lack of fighting talk. Back in August, with Ajax drawn against the Reds in the Group Stage, Timber claimed that he would ‘boss’ Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez.

Nunez had put Timber and his teammates out of last season’s competition whilst playing for Benfica. Although you can understand his need for revenge, things didn’t go as planned for Jurrien. Liverpool won both games, with Darwin getting on the scoresheet in Amsterdam. Perhaps he’ll have better luck marking the big man in training…

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