Dutch outlet De Telegraaf report that Arsenal and Ajax have agreed a fee over the transfer of defender Jurrien Timber.
The two clubs reached agreement on a €42m deal this afternoon (Thursday), with the potential for that to rise to €47m via add-ons.
Timber is a versatile defender, comfortable at centre-half or right-back, who made 121 appearances for the Amsterdam club. With Arsenal seeking cover and competition for Ben White, his arrival would add real depth and quality on that side of the defence, and having already agreed terms with the player, only the medical remains before he seals his move to the Premier League.
The Gunners have already added Kai Havertz to the squad, the German international joining from Chelsea, and are expected to finalise a record deal for West Ham captain Declan Rice in the coming days.
After finishing second to Man City last season, Mikel Arteta made it clear how important recruitment would be as we try and improve again next time around.
“We have to nail everything that we do,” he said, “and we have to seek excellence in everything that we touch and participate in, to have a big impact at the club.
“In order to do that, we have a really promising plan.”
It seems Havertz, Rice and Timber are the first part of that plan, and we’ll wait and see what the rest of the summer holds. It’s believed that outgoings might become the focus after these initial arrivals, with the likes of Kieran Tierney, Rob Holding, Nicolas Pepe, Cedric, and Folarin Balogun likely departures.