Manchester United have suffered a huge blow in the pursuit of Ajax star Jurrien Timber.
Erik ten Hag wanted to bring Timber to Manchester United and the 21 year old was keen on joining until he received a warning from former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.
Netherlands boss Van Gaal – who managed United between 2014 and 2016 – reportedly told the defender he might miss out on the Netherlands World Cup squad if he joins Manchester United.
Van Gaal warned the 21 year old that he wasn’t certain he will be a regular at Manchester United and advised him to instead stay at Ajax.
Jurrien Timber had reportedly been close to agreeing a transfer worth around £30million before he made a U-turn following a warning from Van Gaal.
On whether a deal could still be struck between the parties, Dutch journalist Marcel Van Der Kraan told Sky Sports: “Absolutely dead (the deal) in the water.
“The player was ready to come. The player’s agents were in London at Manchester United’s offices two weeks ago.
“The talks were very good, money was never a problem but then Louis van Gaal turned up and told the player in the Dutch camp ‘if you go there I think your chances could be limited for playing for Holland in the World Cup’.”
Jurrien Timber was one of Ten Hag’s main players at Ajax last season as they claimed a third Eredivisie title in a row, appearing 43 times in all competitions and scoring three goals.
He made his breakthrough in the national team last year and has made eight caps so far.
Timber is very versatile and can play either a centre-back or right-back, with the latter in particular being a problem area for United.
When asked if he’ll stay at Ajax next season amid heavy links to a Man United move, Jurrien Timber said: “Of course I can develop further at Ajax. I am 100 per cent sure of that, I don’t feel like I’m done at the club.
“I can also develop at other clubs. I am now focusing on the upcoming international matches and then go on holiday, then I’ll have to think about it some more.
“In the end, my gut feeling will be the deciding factor. The picture has to be right. You can go to a big club, but if you’re not going to play there it’s better to stay with Ajax, and Ajax is also a big club.”