Arsenal seal £38m deal to sign Ajax defender

by | Jul 14, 2023 | Football

Arsenal has officially acquired Jurrien Timber, who was previously with Ajax, for approximately £38 million. The Gunners will make an initial payment of slightly more than £34 million to secure the 22-year-old Netherlands international. This agreement encompasses a five-year contract, with additional payments tied to performance-related achievements forming the remaining portion of the fee.

Timber, who emerged from the Ajax academy and has accumulated 160 appearances for the senior team in the Eredivisie, has successfully undergone a medical examination and reached an agreement on personal terms, paving the way for his official introduction as an Arsenal player.

The Dutch player has been on Arsenal’s radar for an extended period of time, and his signing marks the club’s second acquisition of the summer transfer window. The first addition was Kai Havertz, who arrived for a hefty sum of £65 million. Additionally, Arsenal is on the verge of finalizing a £105 million deal to secure Declan Rice from West Ham.

Arsenal’s acquisition of Timber is primarily to strengthen their right-back position, although he possesses versatility and can also operate as a centre-back. His ability to play in multiple defensive positions has made him an attractive prospect not only to Arsenal but also to other clubs, including Manchester United, who have shown previous interest in him.

Timber has represented the Netherlands national team on 15 occasions, showcasing his international experience. During the previous year’s World Cup held in Qatar, he played a significant role for the Dutch squad, starting in four out of their five matches. Unfortunately, their journey was halted in the quarter-finals by Argentina, the eventual champions of the tournament.

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