June 21, 2024

Arsenal ‘have personal terms in place’ for Liverpool and Man Utd transfer ‘target’

Liverpool have previously been linked with a move for Ajax defender Jurrien Timber.

Man Utd-linked Timber not sure about giving up Champions League football &  regular minutes at Ajax for Old Trafford transfer | Goal.com

Arsenal have submitted a £30 million bid for Liverpool-linked defender Jurrien Timber, reports suggest.

According to The Athletic, there is optimism that the Gunners can come to an agreement with Ajax over a deal.

Timber has come through the renowned youth set-up at the Johan Cruyff Arena. He helped the Dutch side claim back-to-back Eredivisie titles in 2021 and 2022, as well as the KNVB Cup in the former season.

Timber, who has two years remaining on his Ajax contract, has also been capped 22 times for Holland despite only being aged 22. He made four appearances at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar – starting every match as the Netherlands reached the last 16 of the competition.

The centre-back – who can also play on the right-hand side of the rearguard – had been tipped to join Liverpool by former Holland international Wesley Sneijder while Manchester United have also been credited with an interest.

But it is reported by The Athletic that Arsenal are working on a deal to sign Timber and ‘personal terms are believed to be in place’.

Ajax are supposedly holding out for £50 million but the two clubs may come to a compromise.

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Gareth Southgate reveals Bukayo Saka came close to MISSING England’s 7-0 thrashing of North Macedonia due to an Achilles injury

  • Gareth Southgate revealed Bukayo Saka was suffering with an Achilles injury
  • The 21-year-old scored three times in England’s 7-0 win over North Macedonia
  • Southgate was proud of Saka and described him as ‘talented’ and ‘humble’ 

    Gareth Southgate has revealed Bukayo Saka was suffering with an Achilles injury in the build-up to England’s Euro qualifier against North Macedonia.

    Gareth Southgate revealed Bukayo Saka was suffering with an Achilles injury before the game

    Saka was full of confidence on Monday night and helped England beat North Macedonia 7-0 by scoring his first hat-trick for the Three Lions.

    The 21-year-old scored his first goal of the game in the closing stages of the first half with an emphatic finish after combining with Kyle Walker.

    Saka scored his second goal in sensational fashion after latching onto a pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold and firing it into the top left corner.

    Following that Saka proceeded to complete his hat-trick with a calmly struck effort after going 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper.

    Speaking after the fixture, Southgate said: ‘He [Saka] works incredibly hard. He’s talented, he’s humble.

    ‘He’s hugely popular with all of the players and all of the staff and I have to say his finishing has been like that all week.’

    Southgate was incredibly proud of Saka and described him as 'talented' and 'humble'

    The England manager went on to add: ‘We weren’t surprised by the first one, that’s how he’s been all week, we hadn’t seen the second one coming!

    ‘I am delighted for him. He’s had a slightly sore Achilles and it’s another one where it would have been easy to lull out on the camp and miss out on a night like this that I’m sure will live with him forever.’

    Southgate was equally as impressed with the team’s performance as a whole. He said: ‘I think everything depends on the opposition and what status our players are in.

    ‘Those three [Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka] have had exceptional seasons with their clubs and we felt tonight it would be more transitional, there would be more space and the speed of Bukayo and Marcus would be decisive.

    ‘But we have different options with Phil [Foden] and Jack [Grealish] and others that aren’t here. You need that competition. You’re not always going to have virtually everybody available, as we did this time. But it’s great to have those different options.’

    Southgate was equally as impressed with the team's performance as a whole on Monday

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