Omar Rekik has finally joined Arsenal from German Bundesliga side, Hertha Berlin.
The Gunners are set to announce the transfer of centre-back after the teenage defender was spotted in training with the club’s Under-23 side.
The £900,000 deal for the player was agreed with Hertha Berlin on deadline day of the summer transfer window as part of the talks that saw Matteo Guendouzi move the oppoaite direction on loan.
However, transfer was not completed as the north London side ran out of time and have had to wait until January 2021 to complete the final paperwork with the transfer fee now negotiated down to £542,000.
He has been taking part in training with Arsenal’s development squad with the youngster pictured in the background of an image of the Under-23s practicing on Wednesday, according to football.london
Although Rekik made Hertha Berlin’s matchday squad on three occasions at the end of last season, he never made a senior appearance for the first team.
He has spent the first half of the 2020/21 season playing for the Bundesliga side’s youth team, likely due to his impending move to Arsenal, and is highly regarded at the club.
Due to the surplus in Arsenal centre-back position at the moment, Rekik is not expected to be part of manager, Mikel Arteta’s first-team plans straight away.
Rekik has also chosen to represent his father’s country, Tunisia on international level choosing to represent Tunisia rather than representing Holland, his country of birth.