In a turn of events that sees Arsenal making a grand splash in the transfer market, the Gunners have all but completed a £40m deal for Ajax defender Jurrien Timber. According to Dutch news outlet De Telegraaf, Arsenal has reportedly agreed an initial €42million (£36million) transfer fee for the 22-year-old defender, with the total deal potentially reaching €47million (£40million) if additional add-ons are met.
This much-anticipated move sees Arsenal securing a potentially key figure for their backline, and signals a major statement of intent from the North London club. The announcement of the deal, following a successful medical and completion of paperwork, is expected to be made within the next 24 hours, according to Arsenal informer sources.
Jurrien Timber, who made his mark at Ajax with his consistent performances and versatility in defense, is expected to fill a pivotal role at right back for the Gunners. The Dutch international’s anticipated arrival comes at a time when Arsenal have been in dire need of defensive reinforcements. His addition to the squad will provide much-needed strength and stability to their backline.
Earlier in the week, the Gunners had reached a verbal agreement with Ajax on the transfer fee, following successful negotiations on personal terms with Timber. Reportedly, a ‘lucrative’ contract has been tied up with the player, further reinforcing the club’s ambitions for the upcoming season.
The imminent move for Timber is notable, especially as it comes in the wake of interest from Premier League rivals Manchester United. The Red Devils were said to be keen on the Dutch defender, but Arsenal have seemingly moved faster to secure his services.
The signing of Timber aligns with Arsenal’s broader strategy of investing in young talent with significant potential. The Dutch defender fits this model perfectly, and will join a youthful squad at the Emirates that already includes notable talents like Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli.
Jurrien Timber’s transfer will be yet another feather in the cap for Arsenal’s recruitment team, underlining their ability to secure top talent amidst stiff competition. However, it is the imminent official announcement that will seal the deal, bringing the transfer saga to its conclusion and marking the beginning of a new chapter in Timber’s career.
There is an expectation that he may feature in the upcoming match in Germany against Nürnberg however Arsenal Informer is unable to confirm these reports at this time. Although it is certain that the player will feature in the squad for Arsenal’s Tour of USA.
For Arsenal supporters, the announcement can’t come soon enough. This signing could potentially be a game-changer, demonstrating the Gunners’ ambition and willingness to invest heavily in bolstering their squad. As the clock ticks down to the official announcement, anticipation continues to build among the Arsenal faithful.