Chelsea and Tottenham are keeping a close eye on highly-rated Ajax centre-back Jurrien Timber, according to 90min.

The report suggests both sides have been tracking the ace for nearly two years and are convinced of the Dutchman’s qualities.

He enjoyed a breakthrough season with de Joden in 2020/21, featuring 20 times in the Eredivisie.

However, there has been interest in the player well before that. While his existing deal lasts until 2024, Erik ten Hag’s side are relaxed and bracing themselves for proposals next summer.

The club mightn’t entertain offers in January as the ace is taking strides in the right direction while also collecting six caps for the national side.

Ajax expect Jurrien to develop further, and if the youngster has a good season this season, his value could go higher. The Blues are looking at Timber to add another quality player to their ranks.

It is a common understanding that the west Londoners always value a young player, as in the latest years, they have sent a number of names on loan for further development.

The Premier League heavyweights have made important sales of their young, out-of-favour stars in recent windows. Chelsea might have a vacancy next year with the future of defender Antonio Rudiger treading into uncertain territory.

However, they may not necessarily view Jurrien as a replacement for the Germany international but would certainly jump at the opportunity of signing a young, quality prospect.