Arsenal have completed the signing of defender Jurrien Timber from Eredivisie giants, Ajax Amsterdam on a long-term deal.
The versatile 22-year-old, who can play either at right-back or center-back, becomes the latest addition at the North London club ahead of the new premier league campaign.
Ajax confirmed that both clubs agreed on a €40 million ($45m) transfer fee which could increase to €45m through variables.
“We’re really excited that Jurrien has joined us,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said in a statement.
“He is a versatile young defender, who will fit into our system and provide our squad with so much added quality.
“Jurrien is a young player but has already achieved so much. He has experienced what it’s like to go to a major international tournament on more than one occasion, as well as the trophies he has won with Ajax.
We look forward to welcoming and integrating Jurrien into the squad.”
Arteta has been keen to bolster his defensive options after his team struggled in the absence of William Saliba at the end of last season, eventually losing out to Manchester City in the race for the 2022-23 Premier League title.
Speaking to the club’s website, Timber said: “It was because of my brothers. They were always Arsenal fans, and I just loved seeing Arsenal play. They had big players, the way they played, the style. I just love the club.
“I had this from a young age, but my brothers kind of put that in me. I liked watching Robin van Persie of course, and Thierry Henry. They were my favourite players”.
Arsenal are also expected to officially announce Declan Rice signing from west ham united in what would become the British record transfer in the premier league.