Arsenal sign defender Timber from Ajax

Arsenal sign defender Jurrien Timber from Ajax

Arsenal announced on Friday that they have secured the services of Dutch defender Jurrien Timber from Ajax Amsterdam on a long-term deal.

The length of the contract was not disclosed by Arsenal, but British media said he has agreed to a five-year contract.

“Ajax and the English club agreed on a €40-million transfer fee. That amount can increase to €45 million through variables,” Ajax said in a statement.

Timber began his youth career at Feyenoord, joining Ajax’s youth academy in 2014.

He made his first team debut in the 2019-20 season, before playing 50 league games in Ajax’s Eredevisie-winning seasons in 2021 and 2022.

The 22-year-old has earned 15 caps for the Netherlands since his first appearance in 2021.

“We’re really excited that Jurrien has joined us. He is a versatile young defender, who will fit into our system and provide our squad with so much added quality,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said in a statement.

“Jurrien is a young player, but has already achieved so much.

“He has experienced what it’s like to go to a major international tournament on more than one occasion, as well as the trophies he has won with Ajax.”

Arsenal came second behind title holders Manchester City last season, and have made it to the Champions League for the first time since the 2016-17 campaign.

The north London club have brought in German striker Kai Havertz from Chelsea and are also eyeing to bolster their midfield with West Ham United’s Declan Rice among the top targets.

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