Arsenal 'make £30m bid for Jurrien Timber' as Ajax asking price for star emerges
Arsenal have reportedly submitted a £30 million bid for Ajax defender Jurrien Timber, as manager Mikel Arteta aims to bolster the team's defensive ranks. Despite falling short of Ajax's £50 million asking price, there is optimism that a deal will be reached between the two clubs.
Last season, Arsenal's lack of depth in defense played a significant role in Manchester City securing the Premier League title. Arteta is determined to address this issue by adding a versatile defender to his squad. While Galatasaray's Sacha Boey and Real Valladolid's Ivan Fresneda have been linked to the Emirates Stadium, it seems that Arsenal has set its sights on Timber.
According to The Athletic, Arsenal are "working on a deal" for the 22-year-old Ajax star and are hopeful of securing his services. The £30 million bid falls short of Timber's £50 million asking price, but talks between the clubs are expected to continue. Personal terms are reportedly "in place," and Timber is keen on the move to the Emirates Stadium.
The Netherlands international has two years remaining on his contract with Ajax, but a move to the Premier League has been on the cards previously. Manchester United attempted to lure him away 12 months ago, but the defender decided to stay at the Johan Cruyff Arena due to concerns about his chances of playing in the Qatar World Cup.
Arsenal's interest may come at the perfect time for Timber and Ajax, allowing the club that helped develop him to earn a significant fee for his services. Timber's ability to play as both a central defender and a right-back makes him an ideal alternative to Ben White.
Arsenal has struggled to fill gaps in their backline when injuries have struck, and Timber's addition would address this issue. Arteta is also mindful of his team's push for success in the Champions League and the need for squad depth to rotate in all competitions.
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