Arsenal transfer news: Target passed medical, Saliba signed a new contract, Declan Rice medical, and more.

Arsenal transfer news: Target passed medical, Saliba signed a new contract, Declan Rice medical, and more.
Arsenal transfer news: Target passed medical, Saliba signed a new contract, Declan Rice medical, and more.

Arsenal are gearing up for a busy weekend on the transfer front as they close in on two more signings.

The Gunners have so far got one signing under their belt in Kai Havertz.

Now, Jurrien Timber and Declan Rice are edging ever closer to a move to Arsenal.

Journalist Fraser Fletcher has now shared an update claiming the Dutch defender has just passed his medical.

“Jurrien Timber medical passed,” he wrote on Twitter. “Declan Rice medical ongoing. Big day at Arsenal.”

The Athletic previously reported that Arsenal would be paying Ajax €40m (£34.3m) up front for Timber.

In addition, the Gunners also stand to pay €5m (4.3m) in ‘largely realistic bonuses’ for the ‘fantastic‘ defender.

Thursday was already a busy day for Arsenal on several fronts.

The Gunners confirmed that Reiss Nelson had committed his future to the Emirates Stadium.

William Saliba has reportedly also penned a new long-term contract at Arsenal.

Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka completed his move to Bayer Leverkusen on the same day.

Friday tends to be a fairly big day for transfers. Oftentimes, clubs save their big updates for the evening.

Hopefully it won’t be long before Arsenal announce the signing of Timber, and then Rice.

Who knows, we might even get both signings announced at once.

Arsenal fans will be loving life right now. So far, the club has made all the right moves and steps this summer.

After coming so close to winning the title last term, the Gunners will fancy their chances of going all the way in 2024.

In addition, Arsenal will also hope to impress in the Champions League now that they are finally back in the big time.

William Saliba signs new contract

Our French international defender William Saliba has signed a new long-term contract with us.

The 22-year-old was an integral part of our 2022/23 campaign, making 33 appearances in all competitions while scoring three times and assisting once from centre-back.

William also has eight senior international caps to his name, with his impressive performances rewarding him with a place in the France squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar last December.

Our central defender joined us in a permanent deal from Saint-Etienne in July 2019 and spent the 2019/20 season back on loan with the Ligue 1 side.

William started the following campaign with silverware when he was an unused substitute in our 2020 FA Community Shield win over Liverpool. The second half of the 2020/21 season ended with a short-term loan deal, which saw William back in his country of birth, when he featured 22 times for Nice, including a first goal in senior football.

William returned to France for the 2021/22 season in order to gain further valuable experience, joining Marseille on a season-long loan deal. William played 52 times for Marseille, featuring in four different competitions and becoming a central figure in the team.

Sporting Director Edu said: “We are so happy to have signed a new deal with William Saliba. William is part of our vision to keep our talented young players, who will hopefully be successful with us for many years to come, so that we can grow and progress together. I know the supporters will be just as happy as we are to see William continue with us in the future.”

Mikel Arteta added: “To have William extend his contract with us was something we have wanted to do for a long time. William proved last season just how good and how important he is to our squad.

“The ability he has at his young age of just 22 is exciting, and there is of course so much more room for development with any player at this stage of their career. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with William in the years to come.”

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