Manchester United prioritise Jurrien Timber transfer with alternative option in mind

It’s clear from this point that Manchester United are trying to make Jurrien Timber one of their first signings under Erik ten Hag.

The Guardian published a story earlier this week suggesting that talks between United and Ajax are underway, with the Eredivisie champions putting a £43 million price tag on the versatile defender.

An update from the Manchester Evening News claims the 20-year-old is Ten Hag’s preferred choice, but United have also had two rounds of discussions with Braga centre-back David Carmo.

The report states that the Portuguese defender is believed to be a fallback option after earning his first call-up to the national team last week.

We hadn’t heard of Carmo before today, but apparently, he was close to joining Liverpool in January (via The National). That tells you he is a player that is attracting attention, but does he have the same versatility as Timber?

The Netherlands international can play a number of roles – centre-back, right-back and defensive midfield – and United are losing a lot of players this summer.

It’s a signing that could make a lot of sense for Ten Hag.

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