Transfer Gossip: Man Utd to beat Bayern Munich with Erik ten Hag closing in on Jurrien Timber signing; Man City tell Gundogan to find new club
Talks over making Jurrien Timber the first Man Utd signing of the Erik ten Hag era have been confirmed, while Man City have surprisingly told a key performer his time at the Etihad is up – both in Tuesday’s Transfer Gossip. Manchester United are ‘seriously interested’ in signing Ajax defender Jurrien Timber and a trusted source has confirmed talks have already taken place. Erik ten Hag is the man the Red Devils have chosen to lead their rebuild. To do so, United must back their new boss to the hilt and hope their hit-rate in the market sees a dramatic upswing. Manchester United have been tipped to sign a new striker, wide forward, central midfielder and defender. The Ajax ace, 20, already has six senior Netherlands caps to his name. Plettenberg – who is a Bayern Munich specialist – detailed United’s interest when claiming Bayern have made enquiries. He tweeted talks between United and Timber’s representatives have ‘taken place’. Ten Hag recently spoke openly about potentially bringing Ajax stars with him to Manchester.
“I think that all top clubs in Europe have Timber in their sights,” Ten Hag told De Telegraaf. “If Antony were to go, it would be a loss for Ajax, because you have no one in the current selection who can take over his position. Antony too has been linked with United, though Timber now appears the frontrunner to become Ten Hag’s first signing. Meanwhile, Man City have decided to cash in on Ilkay Gundogan with Pep Guardiola’s first signing told to find a new club, per a report. That comes from the Daily Mail who report the German international, 31, is highly unlikely to be offered a new contract. Gundogan enjoyed his best season in Manchester to date last year when notching 13 league goals and 17 in all competitions. However, the preferred pairing either side of Rodri has been Kevin de Bruyne and Bernardo Silva this season. City can not make those guarantees given the calibre of player ahead of him. The article’s writer, Mike Keegan, tweeted Gundogan was spotted taking a private jet to Madrid on Monday.
The Telegraph recently reported Guardiola is hoping to sign a new, top class midfielder this summer. Finally, Arsenal have been given all the encouragement they need in their quest to sign Manuel Akanji after Borussia Dortmund reportedly greenlit his exit this summer. The 26-year-old centre-half has been a mainstay in the Dortmund backline when fit. “Manuel has a contract until 2023, does not want to extend it, and there is currently nothing new,” Kehl said (via Sky Germany). “We are in close contact with him and his advisor and are waiting to see what happens now. Dortmund have already wrapped up deals for fellow defenders Niklas Sule and Nico Schlotterbeck. German outlet SPORT1 recently claimed Akanji is weighing up a move to England having previously been linked with Man Utd. But per the Mirror, it is Arsenal who will take the greatest interest in his contract situation.
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