Arsenal are pushing to sign Ajax defender Jurrien Timber amid a belief he prefers them over Bayern Munich.

Jurrien Timber seemingly prefers to join Arsenal over Bayern Munich this summer with a transfer expected to go through.

That is according to De Telegraaf over in the Netherlands, who claim that Bayern would like to sign Timber.

However, the Bundesliga giants have yet to make an offer and even if they did, Timber wouldn’t be interested.

The reason is that Timber saw a number of his former Ajax teammates struggle for playing time at Bayern this past season.

Noussair Mazraoui, Ryan Gravenberch and Daley Blind all joined Bayern but were bit-part players in Bavaria.

Timber doesn’t want to risk the same fate for himself and would focus on a move to Arsenal even if Bayern make a move for him.

That’s great news for the Gunners, who are now expected to win the race to sign Timber this summer…

Arsenal likely to win Jurrien Timber race

The report adds that Timber is ‘certain’ to leave Ajax this summer and Arsenal is his expected destination.

Arsenal have made an opening offer worth around €35million (£30million), which isn’t close to Ajax’s demands of €60million (£51million).

However, De Telegraaf believe a transfer is expected and sorting out a deal with Timber is now a formality.

A deal until 2028 is expected with agent Christopher Coffie having ‘broadly agreed’ to Arsenal’s offer.

If Arsenal can strike a deal with Ajax, there should be no problems between Timber and the Gunners.

The report even highlights that Timber could earn around €150,000-a-week (£128,000-a-week) at Arsenal, as that’s what their ‘better players’ earn.

That kind of money would certainly tempt Timber although we can imagine that he will start on a slightly lower salary to begin with if he joins Arsenal.

Timber’s ability to play as a right back or centre back will be very appealing to Arsenal and the 22-year-old is the sort of talent the Gunners need for the years to come.

 

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