Man Utd have made Braga centre-back David Carmo an alternative option if they fail to sign Ajax’s Jurrien Timber this summer, according to reports.
Erik ten Hag has reportedly made Timber his top target at centre-back this summer as he attempts to improve the leaky Man Utd defence, which conceded the eighth most goals in the Premier League last season.
It is likely that the new defender will compete with Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane for a place in the team with Eric Bailly and Phil Jones likely to leave in the summer.
Man Utd do have a back-up plan if their bid to sign Timber fails with the Manchester Evening News claiming that the Red Devils have ‘held talks with’ Carmo.
Timber is still Ten Hag’s ‘preferred choice’ as he looks to bring in a new centre-back this summer but Man Utd have ‘had two rounds of discussions with Braga centre half Carmo’s representatives’.
Carmo, who got his first call-up to the Portugal national team last week, is ‘considered a fall-back option’ if anything goes wrong with the potential Timber deal.
Timber put a possible transfer to Man Utd in some doubt this week as he admitted he would rather stay at Ajax unless he was first choice at a “big club”.
The Ajax defender said: “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. We play football in the Champions League and I play there together with the best players in the Netherlands. That is not nothing.
“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. But 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.”
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