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Three medicals booked, as Arsenal secure stunning fee for outcast and prepare to unveil two arrivals

Arsenal chief Edu with a smiling Mikel Arteta

Three Arsenal transfers are awaiting medicals, with two arrivals soon to be announced and an exit taking shape on stunning terms, per reports.

The Gunners have acted both quickly and decisively this summer, with a deal for Kai Havertz to the tune of £65m already wrapped up.

Elsewhere, bids have been accepted for Ajax’s versatile defender, Jurrien Timber, and West Ham captain, Declan Rice.

Timber, 22, will cost €40m (£34.3m) plus an extra €5m (£4.3m) in ‘largely realistic bonuses’, per the Athletic. A five-year deal running until 2028 will be penned.

Now, according to Fabrizio Romano, the Dutch international will fly to England later today (Thursday) before undergoing a medical on Friday morning.

Timber won’t be alone in being put through his paces in north London tomorrow morning. Indeed, talkSPORT claimed Declan Rice too will take a medical on Friday after the final details in his blockbuster £105m move were ironed out.

West Ham initially wanted the £100m fixed fee that forms part of the overall £105m package paid inside 18 months.

Arsenal pushed for a four-year timeframe, though both clubs settled on the fee being paid within two years.

Elsewhere, a third medical has been booked, this time involving Granit Xhaka.

Xhaka joining Leverkusen for surprise fee and terms

The midfielder was something of a revelation in more of a box-to-box role last season, though that hasn’t stopped the ruthless Mikel Arteta from turfing him out.

With Rice and potentially one more midfielder wanted, Xhaka was deemed the odd man out.

A return to Germany with Bayer Leverkusen worth around £13m was agreed. However, amid the delay on signing off on the move while waiting for Rice to sign, Arsenal successfully negotiated a much more lucrative fee.

Per Romano, the Gunners will net a package worth €25m (approx. £21.3m) for Xhaka despite the fact he’s the wrong side of 30 and no longer wanted at the Emirates.

Perhaps even more surprising is the fact Xhaka will pen a hefty five-year deal in Leverkusen. Contracts of that length are incredibly rare for players aged 30-plus.

Xhaka has since been pictured in Germany and BILD’s Christian Falk reported the midfielder will undertake a medical.

Barring any late drama in the various procedures, Timber and Rice will soon be unveiled as Arsenal players, while Xhaka will join Leverkusen.

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