Arsenal have sealed a move for Jurrien Timber to reinforce their defensive options
Arsenal Football Club has finalized the signing of Jurrien Timber from Ajax, securing the 22-year-old defender on a long-term contract. The deal, as reported by The Athletic, involves a fee of €40 million (£34.3 million) plus €5 million (£4.3 million) in achievable add-ons.
Timber will don the No 12 shirt at Arsenal, which became available following William Saliba’s switch to the No 2. The versatile defender primarily operates as a center-back but is also capable of playing on the right-hand side of the defense. Last season, he made 34 appearances in the Eredivisie for Ajax, scoring two goals and providing two assists. Additionally, Timber has represented the Netherlands national team on 15 occasions.
Arsenal is not only securing the services of Timber but is also closing in on the signing of Declan Rice from West Ham United. The Gunners have agreed on a £105 million fee for the England international, highlighting their ambition in the transfer market.
This marks Arsenal’s second signing of the summer, following the acquisition of Kai Havertz from Chelsea for a fee of up to £65 million. Mikel Arteta continues to strengthen his squad as Arsenal looks to compete on all fronts next season.