Arsenal continue their mercato with Jurrien Timber

Heralded as a promising central defender, Jurrien Timber has left his training club Ajax Amsterdam to join Arsenal. It’s an exciting move for the 22-year-old, who has strengthened an already well-stocked midfield

Second in the Premier League last season, Arsenal are keen to continue their comeback. With a view to making an impact at the mercato, the London club’s objective was to reinforce its central defensive line to compete with an already well-stocked sector (William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhães, Jakub Kiwior, Auston Trusty and Rob Holdin), where Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu can also play. The Gunners were quick to identify Ajax Amsterdam nugget Jurrien Timber.

Launched by Erik ten Hag, the Utrecht native has been a fixture at the club for the past three seasons, and is coming off a solid campaign in which he was one of the few players to stand out for the Godenzonen side (47 matches, 2 goals and 2 assists). Arrived in 2014 from Feyenoord to continue his apprenticeship at the Amsterdam training center with his twin Quinten Timber (current Feyenoord midfielder). A Dutch international (15 caps), he took part in Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup.

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Over €45m spent

Taking his time to blossom, notably with Lisandro Martinez, before the latter joined Manchester United, Jurrien Timber has joined another Premier League cador. “Dutch international Jurrien Timber joins us from Ajax on a long-term contract. (…) Jurrien will wear the number 12 shirt,” announced Arsenal in a press release announcing the transfer.

Estimated at 40 million euros, plus a further 5 million in bonuses, the transfer quickly took shape, as the player was coming to the end of a cycle and was quickly won over by Mikel Arteta’s approach. With a contract running until June 2028, Jurrien Timber is set to earn around €8 million a year, double his last contract with Amsterdam. The right-hander is the Gunners’ second Premier League signing, following the arrival of Kai Havertz from Chelsea.

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