Arsenal Football Club is on the verge of finalizing the acquisition of highly-rated Dutch center-back Jurrien Timber from Ajax in the coming days. The 22-year-old has received a heartfelt farewell from his family, who organized a farewell party in his honor. Timber was previously expected to reunite with his former Ajax mentor, Erik ten Hag, at Manchester United last summer. However, he opted to remain in the Netherlands for another season.
Arsenal has been pursuing the talented defender for several months and successfully convinced him to make the move to the Emirates Stadium. Following a medical examination in North London, a £40 million deal now appears to be all but completed.
While Timber may have intended to keep a low profile until the official announcement of his move to Arsenal, his brother Shamier took to Instagram on Sunday (post has been deleted) to share an image of the celebratory gathering. Timber’s family even created a mock-up of him wearing an Arsenal shirt, which was printed on a giant banner surrounded by balloons. The accompanying message read, “Jurrien’s goodbye party! See you in the streets of London.”
Having progressed through the renowned Ajax academy after joining from Feyenoord as a teenager, Timber has amassed 121 appearances for the club. He has won the Eredivisie title twice and made a notable impression on the international stage, earning 15 caps for the Netherlands and participating in Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup.
Throughout this year, Timber has been asked about his future on multiple occasions. When questioned about any updates by Vandaag Inside last month, the player responded, “No, that’s always the case around this time of year. Unfortunately, I can’t say much about it yet. I don’t mean there’s nothing going on, but I can’t tell you anything yet. No, I’m not in talks with Ajax right now.”
Arsenal has already strengthened its squad this summer with the signing of Kai Havertz from Chelsea and is also expected to secure the services of Declan Rice from West Ham. With the imminent arrival of Timber ahead of the new season, manager Mikel Arteta will be confident in his team’s ability to challenge the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League title.
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