Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Arsenal will announce the signing of Omar Rekik ‘very soon’ after the teenage defender had already been spotted in training with the Under-23 side.
A deal for Rekik was agreed on the final day of the summer transfer window, but the move wasn’t signed off in time so all parties had to wait until January to complete the switch.
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.
‘We will announce it when we possibly can,’ Arteta told a press conference on Thursday. ‘He’s a young talent that we’ve been following for a while that we believe has a really bright future. But we will give more details when we can.
‘Yes [the news will be soon]. [Today?] I don’t know. Very soon.’
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.
He has been playing in the youth sides so far this campaign as he awaits his move to Arsenal.
It has been a nomadic lifestyle for the teenager in his career so far, having been on the books at Manchester City, Feyenoord, PSV and Marseille already.
The centre-back plays naturally on the right side of central defence, but is also capable on the left side and in defensive midfield.