Arsenal close to Jurrien Timber deal after Ajax lower asking price

  • Arsenal have identified Jurrien Timber as one of their top targets
  • Opening bid of €35m was rejected by Ajax
  • Gunners believe Ajax will lower demands from €60m
  • Deal could be complete by weekend
Timber wants to join Arsenal
Timber wants to join Arsenal / Rico Brouwer/Soccrates/Getty Images

Arsenal are edging closer to the signing of Jurrien Timber from Ajax, sources have told 90min.

The Gunners have made the Netherlands international one of their top targets for the summer transfer window.

They view Timber, a right-footed centre-back that has played all across the backline and in midfield in the past, as a potential parallel to Oleksandr Zinchenko, who begins matches at left-back but tucks in centrally higher up the pitch.

90min reported last week that Arsenal had made an opening €35m offer for Timber, but this fell well short of Ajax's €60m asking price.

Despite this large gap in valuations, the Gunners remained confident that they would come to an agreement with Ajax. And 90min understands that the Dutch side have dropped their asking price down to €50m, which is close to Arsenal's new bid worth €48m.



Personal terms have already been agreed with Timber and there is growing expectation that a transfer could be finalised before the weekend.

He was previously a target for Manchester United, who are managed by former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag. The Red Devils pursued a transfer for the defender last summer but couldn't get a deal over the line, instead focusing on the signing of Lisandro Martinez.

Timber is in line to become Arsenal's second signing of the summer, following on from Kai Havertz, whose move across London from Chelsea is imminent.

Arsenal are also expected to make a new offer for Declan Rice after West Ham knocked back their first two bids. Manchester City have similarly had an approach turned down.


On this week's edition of Talking Transfers, part of the 90min podcast network, Toby Cudworth is joined by Graeme Bailey and Sean Walsh to discuss the latest transfer news. On the agenda is Arsenal's approach for Jurrien Timber, Kai Havertz and Declan Rice, the exodus of Chelsea players to Saudi Arabia, Moises Caicedo, Kyle Walker, Man Utd's goalkeeper plans & more!

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