– Arsenal landed the signature of Omar Rekik in the summer but were unable to rubber-stamp the deal in time

– Rekik was subsequently forced to remain with Hertha Berlin, spending the opening weeks of the new campaign with the German side

– However, he has since had his paperwork in place, allowing him to jet to London to link up with his new side

– Man City, Feyenoord and Marseille are among the top sides who were keen to sign the promising defender but it was Arsenal who won the race to sign him

Arsenal are due to officially announce the signing of Hertha Berlin defender Omar Rekik after he completed his January transfer move to the Premier League.

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Arsenal landed the signature of Omar Rekik in the summer but were unable to rubber-stamp the deal in time. Photo by Marco Leipold.
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The Gunners landed the services of Rekik on deadline day of the summer window in a deal that included Matteo Guendouzi.

However, the north London side failed to sanction Rekik’s deal in time and were consequently forced to wait until January to finalise paperwork of the transfer.

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It is believed the Emirates dwellers were to fork out around £900,000 for the signature of the promising defender but the fee is now believed to have been negotiated down to about £542,000.

On Thursday, December 17, Rekik fuelled speculation an announcement on his arrival at the Emirates was imminent after he shared an Instagram post of him touching base in London.

Despite Arsenal not making a formal announcement on his signing, it appears the youngster is already taking part in training with his new side.

This was after he was spotted in the background taking part in a training session with Arsenal’s development squad on Wednesday, January 6.

Metro UK reports the Mikel Arteta-tutored are closely monitoring the teenage sensation before deciding if they can loan him out this January.

His former side, Hertha Berlin, have already been touted as potential suitors who could land him as he continues his development.

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During his time with the Bundesliga giants, he did make Hertha’s matchday squads on three occasions but never made any appearance for the senior side.

Be that as it may, he was still able to court interest from a number of top European clubs including Man City.

Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven and French side are the other clubs who he was linked with before Arsenal snapped him.

Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Bosnian professional footballer Sead Kolasinac completed a loan move to German giants Schalke after spending three years with the North London club.

Sead Kolasinac came through Schalke’s youth system ten years ago before completing a transfer to Premier League giants Arsenal in 2017.

However, the Gunners only agreed to send the 27-year-old defender back to Germany on loan where he will be for the next six months of his career.

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