Chelsea and London rivals Tottenham are reportedly considered the two clubs leading the pursuit for Ajax youngster Jurrien Timber.
According to 90min, Chelsea and Spurs are keeping “very close tabs” on the 20-year-old.
It is understood that a host of Premier League clubs have been eyeing the defender, but the London-based sides have the “most interest” in him right now after a couple of years scouting.
The report adds that the centre-back has no plans to exit Ajax yet, but there is growing interest he’s aware of.
In addition, Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon, Monaco, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig are all potential suitors.
Aged 20, Timber has had a whirlwind year where his senior career has really taken off.
He helped Ajax win the Eredivisie Dutch league title last season at a centre-back. Also, he’s already earned six senior international caps for his country Holland.
90min’s report mentions a comparison between him and ex-Premier League defender William Gallas, who similarly could play both centre-back and full-back. Timber has started the new 2021/22 campaign as a nailed-on starter at centre-half for Ajax, but played plenty of games as a right-back last year.
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For Ajax, they continue each year on this brilliant cycle of relying on young upcoming stars before eventually selling them on for big transfer fees.
Timber definitely looks like another off their production line.
There is no immediate pressure to sell given he’s got three years remaining on his current deal and right now he’s an important figure in their backline.
However, he’s clearly an upcoming talent that’s already got some big clubs in Europe alerted to him.
Chelsea may understandably be on the lookout for more long-term options in defence given they have a lot of experience within their ranks.
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