Transfer gossip: Arsenal agree Timber terms with Ajax while Rice deal hits snag

Arsenal have agreed fees for both Jurrien Timber and Declan Rice – but the deal for the England midfielder isn’t done yet. Also: Chelsea identify Mason Mount’s replacement…

ARSENAL HAVE WORK TO DO ON RICE DEAL
It has been a huge week for Arsenal. They have completed the signing of Kai Havertz; had a bid accepted for Declan Rice; and now, they have reached an agreement to sign Jurrien Timber.

According to De Telegraaf, the Gunners will pay Ajax £36.2million for the Netherlands international, who will now drop his trousers for Arsenal’s doctors before joining up with Mikel Arteta’s mob in time for pre-season.

It seems there is still some work to be done on the Rice deal, though. The Sun says West Ham are waiting for Arsenal to put forth an acceptable payment plan despite an agreement over the fee. Apparently, West Ham want £100million paid up by early 2025, but the Gunners would prefer to pay over five years.

VILLA EYE EX-CITY FORWARD
It’s been a biggie for Aston Villa too. They are waiting for Pau Torres to fly in for a medical after agreeing a £35million deal with Villarreal, which has the potential to be frickin’ steal.

Villa’s shopping in Spain might not be done yet. Apparently, they want to bring Ferran Torres back to the Premier League too.

Mundo Deportivo says the Villans will ask to take the ex-Manchester City forward on loan. A try-before-you-buy-deal would give Villa the option to purchase Torres for £21.5million. Apparently, Barcelona aren’t keen on the proposal as it stands, and Torres is happy to stay at the Nou Camp, but Barca could be forced to sell as they juggle their finances.

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CHELSEA CLEAR-OUT TO FUND MOUNT REPLACEMENT
Chelsea agreed a deal yesterday with Manchester United to sell Mason Mount. Now the Blues need to get it over the line today for the sake of this season’s FFP compliance, which could be tricky since Mount is said to be on holiday.

Once that is sorted, Chelsea can consider replacing their academy graduate. The Evening Standard says they have identified Gabri Veiga as the ideal man to fill Mount’s void.

The Blues know Veiga, 21, has a release clause in his Celta Vigo contract that means he can be lured to Stamford Bridge for £34.6million. Initially, Chelsea were minded only to sign a defensive midfielder this summer – Moises Caicedo remains their priority – but the success of their clear-out leaves enough in the budget to buy the Spain Under-21 international.

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