Jurrien Timber: Liverpool Withdraw From the Race, Letting Arsenal Take Lead
As reported by Anfield Index podcaster David Lynch via Football Insider, Liverpool FC have made a strategic decision regarding the potential signing of Ajax defender Jurrien Timber, amid interest from Arsenal FC.
No Anfield Move for Timber
Despite the swirling rumours suggesting otherwise, sources have informed Lynch that the Reds are pulling out of the competition to sign the young defender this summer. With Arsenal locked in talks with Ajax following an unsuccessful initial £30million offer, it appears Jurgen Klopp’s side have decided to focus their resources elsewhere.
Ajax, the Dutch heavyweights, are expected to play hardball, likely to hold out for a figure nearer to £51m to allow Timber to leave their ranks. However, anticipated tension between Liverpool and Arsenal, escalating in a bidding war for Timber’s signature, is not on the horizon.
Liverpool’s Priorities Elsewhere
Liverpool’s immediate concerns appear to be rooted elsewhere, mainly in bolstering a midfield that was seen as a weak link during their underwhelming 2022-23 season. With Jurrien Timber, Liverpool’s supposed target now off the list, attention has pivoted towards resolving their midfield issues.
The process of reinforcement commenced with the recent £35m signing of Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton. This revamp of the midfield is projected to continue, with Football Insider revealing a shortlist that includes names like Nice’s Khephren Thuram and Manu Kone of Borussia Monchengladbach.
Only once this area has been sufficiently strengthened, Klopp is likely to revert focus back to his defensive line.
Jurrien Timber, who joined Ajax at a tender age of 13, hinted at an imminent departure from the club he has been associated with for so long. In a conversation with De Telegraaf, he stated, “A transfer is getting closer and closer, so to speak. 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.”
As of now, with Liverpool stepping aside and letting Arsenal lead the pursuit, the future destination for the Ajax starlet remains a compelling watch for football fans.