Arsenal are continuing a push for Ajax defender Jurrien Timber this season, giving Tottenham a free shot at signing Wolfsburg youngster Micky van de Ven

Arsenal are continuing their push for Ajax defender Jurrien Timber this summer as talks enter day three over a new offer for the 22-year-old. According to Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners are in their third day of negotiations with the Eredivisie side, having lodged a second bid.

The valuation is believed to be around £40million, with confidence and optimism that a deal may be concluded in the days and weeks ahead. Timber could be an ideal addition to Mikel Arteta’s squad, who will be keen to add quality and depth to the side ahead of the new campaign.

The Dutch international adds quality at a good age profile and with his deal having just two-years remaining, a bargain deal could be struck. His versatility is another bonus, with an ability to play at both centre-back and right-back adding further solutions at the disposal of the head coach.

Whether the deal is concluded swiftly remains to be seen as attention appears to be fully focused on getting a deal for Declan Rice over the line. understands that the Gunners sent a club-record offer for the West Ham midfielder on Tuesday, with reports claiming an agreement in principle has been reached.

Should that deal and Timber manage to be concluded, the total spend for the north London outfit will top £200million in the summer window just a few weeks in. However, their discussions for the defender have opened the way for rivals Tottenham to make a move of their own.

According to Romano, Wolfsburg talent Micky van de Ven is not currently on Arsenal’s list as an option, despite links, with full focus on Timber. Spurs, however, are looking to conclude a deal for the Dutch defender as the side look to bolster their defensive ranks this summer.

Moves for Guglielmo Vicario and James Maddison have kickstarted the summer for the Lilywhites in key areas, however centre-back is seen as another that needs strengthening. With each club targeting their own players at this stage, there’s no chance of competition for the signature of their centre-back targets.

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