Arsenal in ‘race against time’ to sign young Dutch centre-back

Arsenal are working on signing 18 year-old Omar Rekik from Hertha Berlin today, with Dutch journalist Rik Elfrink claiming that are in a ‘race against time’ to get the deal over the line.

The Gunners agreed a deal to send Matteo Guendouzi to Hertha earlier on today, following the midfielder’s failure to break into Mikel Arteta’s first-team plans after their fall-out after the fixture with Brighton back in June.

We now appear to have used those talks to instigate our own deal for one of their up-and-coming youngsters, with Omar Rekik expected to travel to London to take part in a medical.

The defender previously played with the PSV academy, before following his older brother to Germany, but was overlooked for the first-team squad, and will now look to prove himself in London.

Elfrink claims that the transfer is in a ‘race against time’ to get the deal over the line in the dying hours of the transfer window.

His brother Karim also departs Germany in order to join La Liga side Sevilla, which may well have played a part in the player’s decision to quit the club.

Arsenal are expected to pay a £900,000 fee for the youngster’s signature, the DailyMail claims.

We are also linked with a deal to sign Thomas Partey tonight, having triggered his release clause, while a deal for another youngster in Malmo’s Nikolaj Duus Moller is also being talked about at present.

Partey looks likely to be the club’s only senior signing today assuming we can get the deal over the line before the deadline, with the two youngsters more than likely joining up with our U23 side for the coming season, assuming we can complete the deals.

Do we need further additions to the first-team squad?

Patrick

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11 Comments

  1. Declan says:

    I thought he had signed?
    Anyway, Willock has signed for QPR……. not our one, his brother.

    1. ken1945 says:

      That’s what’s being reported Declan and for a reported 500,000 euros – it’s on Twitter.

      1. ken1945 says:

        Sorry, a reported 1,000,000 euros.

  2. Sid says:

    Hope he is good. 900k at 18 means he is a decent player or atleast seen as such by the club(like the fact that german clubs dont overhype players as much as the french clubs)

  3. A J says:

    Too late to complete in this window.

    Will join in January.

  4. jon fox says:

    Patrick asks do we need further signings for the first team squad.
    I should say we do ! HOW ABOUT A TOP RIGHT BACK, A CREATIVE ATTACKING MIDFIELD and even if, orwhen, we get PARTEY, WE WOULD STILL NEED MORE QUALITY DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDERS.

    While we are choosing Elneny as a holding midfielder, we DEFINITELY need better. Xhaka is still not for me either, despite being less awful these days, He is not top quality though and still too slow and ponderous. PARTEY WILL BE A GREAT SIGNING assuming we get it over the line as I hope and think .
    But lets not fool ourselves that we need no more top quality. Of course we do! We are still short of quality CB’s too, with only Gabrial of the quality we urgently need, now that Saliba seems to be going on loan and thus is not ready for us as yet.

    1. RSH says:

      It’ll still take a few windows to have the team Arteta wants. Gabriel, WIllian, Partey is a good window tho. I feel like more could’ve happened if we got more players out the door but unfortunately a lot of stuff happened late, or just collapsed. We’ve def got to go back in the transfer market in January. Keep adding to this squad and getting the deadwood out.

  5. Declan says:

    Announced on sky, deal is done!

    1. Declan says:

      Partey that is.

  6. Pamela Sandra says:

    Now we remain with Housem Aour in January it should be done or any thing like him or even better than him is needed agently.

  7. ozziegunner says:

    Transfers from the Championship are still available. Max Aarons from Norwich City can play both RB and LB and would be a good acquisition.
    Also does anybody, who follows the Championship or lower leagues closely, know of a good tall physical specialist DM Arsenal should look at?

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