Ajax defender Jurrien Timber is nearing a £43 million move to Arsenal in the upcoming summer transfer window.
Initially, the Gunners had their bid of £30 million turned down by Ajax, the renowned Eredivisie club.
However, it has now been disclosed that Arsenal has submitted a second offer, and reliable sources suggest that personal terms have already been agreed upon between the club and the 22-year-old player.
CBS reporter James Benge reports that a deal worth £43.5 million is expected to be finalized within the next few days.
Despite being contracted with Ajax until 2025, Timber might soon be heading to north London, joining Kai Havertz at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal recently confirmed the signing of Havertz for a substantial fee of £65 million, and the German player has committed to a long-term contract with the club.
Furthermore, there are expectations that Declan Rice will also join Arsenal in the near future.
The Gunners have reached a principle agreement with West Ham United, and a deal worth £105 million is anticipated.
Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, aims to invigorate his squad with players who possess the right mindset, as he continues to pursue progress for the team after falling short of the Premier League title last season.
Jurrien Timber’s character aligns perfectly with Arteta’s vision for the team, as evidenced by his response to Ajax’s failure to secure the Eredivisie title last season.
Timber expressed his disappointment, stating, “We failed to win the title this year – and when that happens as an Ajax player, you have to feel ashamed.
That is not a usual thing for Ajax, and it is not usual for me. All through my career, right from the youth academy, I have been used to winning titles.”
Clearly, Timber possesses a winning mentality, and the disappointment of past failures fuels his drive for future success.
His acquisition would enhance the mental fortitude within Arteta’s squad, bolstering their prospects of clinching trophies in the future.