• Netherlands defender signs five-year contract
  • Timber says he has been an Arsenal fan since childhood

Arsenal have announced the signing of the defender Jurriën Timber from Ajax. The 22-year-old becomes the club’s second summer acquisition after Kai Havertz, and confirmation of Declan Rice’s move from West Ham will follow.

Arsenal are paying €40m (£34.3m) plus €5m in add-ons for Timber and have given him a five-year deal. Timber has 15 Netherlands caps and is believed to have been signed predominantly to play at right-back. He is also comfortable at centre-back and can operate in midfield.

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