Arsenal have signed Netherlands defender Jurrien Timber from Ajax Amsterdam, the Premier League club said on Friday.
The 22-year-old has made 121 senior appearances in all competitions for the Dutch club, winning two league titles and a Dutch Cup.
Timber will wear the number 12 shirt at Arsenal who finished second behind Manchester City in the league last season.
“Ajax and the English club agreed on a 40 million euros ($44.88 million) transfer fee. That amount can increase to 45 million euros through variables,” Ajax said in a statement.
Timber joined Ajax’s academy in 2014 with his twin brother Quinten, who currently plays for Eredivisie side, Feyenoord.
The versatile player signed his first professional contract for Ajax in 2018 and went on to make his senior debut in a 3-1 win over SC Heerenveen in March 2020.
Jurrien Timber was a member of the Netherlands squad for both UEFA Euro 2020 and the 2022 FIFA World Cup, making his senior debut for the national team in June 2021, when he started in a 2-2 friendly against Scotland.
“We’re really excited that Jurrien has joined us. He is a versatile young defender, who will fit into our system and provide our squad with so much added quality,” Manager Mikel Arteta said.
“Jurrien Timber 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.”