Arsenal have finalized a deal to acquire Jurrien Timber, a defender from Ajax, for a transfer fee of £38.5m.
The Gunners will make an initial payment of £34.2m for the 22-year-old Dutch international, with an additional £4.3m to be paid based on performance-related bonuses.
After coming up through the ranks of the Ajax academy and amassing 160 senior appearances for the club, Timber is now poised to undergo a medical examination in the next few days and finalize personal terms before completing his move to Arsenal.
Timber has been on Arsenal’s radar for some time and is anticipated to become their third signing of the summer transfer window. The Gunners have already secured the services of Kai Havertz for £65m and are close to finalizing a £105m deal for West Ham’s Declan Rice.
Arsenal is bringing in Timber primarily as a right-back, although he possesses the versatility to play as a centre-back as well. His ability to excel in different defensive positions has garnered interest from clubs like Manchester United in the past.
Having earned 15 caps for the Netherlands, Timber has established himself on the international stage. He notably started in four out of five matches during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where the Dutch team reached the quarter-finals before being eliminated by eventual champions Argentina.
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