In an ideal world, Ten Hag will hope he can help Harry Maguire regain his confidence and form a strong partnership with Raphael Varane in the heart of his backline. With Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe likely to leave, Timber could act as first-choice right-back while providing central cover with Victor Lindelof.
Ajax are understood to value him at around £35million, a fee United won’t have a problem paying for a player proven under Ten Hag. It would mark an exciting and shrewd start to a busy summer of dealings through both the welcome and exit doors.
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