Arsenal target Jurrien Timber believes he already has a ‘transfer agreement’ in place

Arsenal are expected to lodge a second bid for Ajax defender Jurrien Timber, having seen their opening offer of £30million rejected.

Jurrien Timber reportedly believes that he has a verbal agreement with Ajax that will see the club facilitate a move to Arsenal for him. The defender is keen to head to the Emirates Stadium this summer after being identified as an ideal candidate to provide depth across the backline.A lack of options in defence proved costly for the Gunners last season, with an injury to William Saliba leaving Mikel Arteta searching for alternatives. Those who stepped up in the Frenchman’s absence struggled, with the Gunners now looking to resolve the matter as soon as possible.

After another impressive campaign with Ajax, Timber has been shortlisted as Arsenal’s top target to be the top-quality depth that Arsenal require to challenge for trophies. The Netherlands international can play as a right-back and also in central defence, providing Arteta with several choices when he rotates his squad.

According to The Mirror, Timber is desperate to join Arsenal and is under the impression that he has a ‘verbal agreement’ with Ajax that will allow him to leave given the loyalty that he has shown previously.

Manchester United were desperate to acquire the services of the 22-year-old last summer but he snubbed a move in favour of remaining at the Johan Cruyff Arena. Ajax urged Timber to remain after seeing Erik ten Hag and Antony make the move to the Premier League, and he duly obliged.

Arsenal are expected to table a second bid for their defensive target over the next few days after their opening offer of £30million was rejected. Ajax are demanding £52m for their No 2, with director Sven Mislintat not willing to compromise in negotiations at this stage.