Arsenal “have agreed” a deal to sign Hertha Berlin centre-back Omar Rekik when the January transfer window opens, according to Football.London journalist Chris Wheatley:
Omar Rekik, 18, set to join Arsenal in January:
🇩🇪 Talks ongoing over him spending a transition year at Hertha Berlin.
✅ Has been told he’ll get to train with the first team.
⚽ Mertesacker looking to ‘fill the missing gaps’ in U23s.https://t.co/j8sFAagNlb
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) November 18, 2020
The Tunisian international was poised to move to the Emirates last month but the paperwork could not be sorted out before the transfer deadline.
Instead, Rekik will move in the New Year, with the 18-year-old likely to become part of the Under 23 setup initially, although it is believed he has been given guarantees that he will also train with the first team.
There are reportedly ongoing discussions over whether the defender should be loaned back to Germany in order to aid his development. He has yet to play a game of senior football and he will need more experience before he is ready to play for the Gunners.
Rekik actually spent some time at Manchester City’s academy, as well as having spells at Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven and Marseille before moving to Germany.