07 January 2021 18:31
Arsenal have completed the £540,000 signing of teenage centre back Omar Rekik from German side Hertha Berlin. Rekik trained with the club's Under 23s on Wednesday at their London Colney base before Gunners boss Mikel Arteta admitted the deal would be announced 'very soon'. And the Gunners confirmed the expected news on Thursday afternoon, announcing the 19-year-old - who in fact moved to London three weeks ago - will initially join up with the Under 23s squad after signing his professional contract. Arsenal have completed the signing of Omar Rekik after he took part in training with Under 23s After completing his deal, Rekik told Arsenal's official website: 'It feels great to be here after a long time of hard work. Rekik, who has been tipped for a bright future, is a ball playing centre back and is equally comfortable on either side.
Rekik, who was born in the Netherlands, has played internationally at youth level for both Holland and Tunisia. Rekik, who is a ball playing centre back, has joined from Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin Prior to moving to Hertha Berlin, the defender had spent time at Feyenoord, Manchester City, PSV Eindhoven and Marseille. Arsenal had reached an agreement with Hertha Berlin to sign Rekik for £900,000 on the final day of the summer transfer window. However, the switch was not signed off in time forcing, both clubs to hold off until January. And Arteta has since revealed his excitement about snapping up the young centre back for the future.
A fee of around £900,000 was agreed for the defender, as part of the deal that saw Matteo Guendouzi move to Hertha Berlin on loan, however, the fee has now come down to around £540,000 after the delay. Rekik was spotted in an image from Under-23 training on Wednesday, which appeared to confirm that the move has finally gone through, but Arteta says it is not quite there yet. 'He's a young talent that we've been following for a while that we believe has a really bright future. Arsenal newboy Omar Rekik trained with the U23s today (pictured in background). The 19-year-old has never made a first team appearance for Hertha Berlin, although did make the match day squad on three occasions at the end of last season.
Throughout his youth career he also spent time at Feyenoord, Manchester City, PSV Eindhoven and Marseille. Everyone at Arsenal welcomes Omar to the club and we look forward to supporting his ongoing development. Sign up to FREE email alerts from Football London - Arsenal Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Arsenal have confirmed their first signing of the January transfer window with teenage defender Omar Rekik from Hertha Berlin. But it has now been confirmed that Dutch centre back Rekik will be the first player they bring in this month. football.london reported back in November that Arsenal were looking to secure a deal for the ball playing defender, and speaking in his press conference earlier on Thursday Mikel Arteta revealed that Arsenal had been scouting the 19-year-old for some time. "He's a young talent that we've been following for a while that we believe has a really bright future," he said. Pictures show that Rekik has already trained with the Gunners after passing a medical, but he the club confirmed in a statement that he will be joining up with Steve Bould's under-23 side. Despite being such a young age the Dutchman has already played for Feyenoord, Manchester City, PSV and Marseille in his youth career. His signature is part of a new aggressive policy towards youth recruitment led by academy manager Per Mertesacker that saw Arsenal bring in Nikolaj Moller, Tim Akinola, Joel Ideho, George Lewis and Jonathan Dinzeyi in the last transfer window. Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article - or any article on the Arsenal section of football.london in fact - labelled 'Get the biggest daily stories by email' and click 'Subscribe'. It is unclear yet as to whether more arrivals are set to follow that of Rekik.