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Arsenal set to sign Omar Rekik from Hertha Berlin
Bundesliga giant Hertha Berlin have given permission to 19-year-old defender Omar Rekik to undergo a medical in event of a transfer, according to reports in Germany.
The 19-year-old versatile player was expected to officially sign on summer transfer deadline day but a deal could not be completed in time, with William Saliba’s loan move back to Saint Etienne also breaking down for similar reasons.
Netherlands-born Omar Rekik, a senior Tunisian international who has previously played at youth level for the likes of PSV, Marseille, Manchester City and Feyenoord, has been assured by Arsenal academy manager Per Mertesacker that he will get to train regularly with the first team when he joins.
And According to German Newspaper BILD, claim Arsenal will pay around €600,000 for Rekik (around £542,000) with the teenager granted permission to complete a medical in London ahead of his move.
Arsenal held talks with Real Madrid about take Isco for the rest of the season
Arsenal are reportedly starting talks about take Real Madrid playmaker Isco for the rest of the season.
The Gunners are keen to add more creativity to their side in the January transfer window, and Isco has now become one of their top targets, according to Telegraph.
With finances tight at the Emirates Stadium as the north Londoner struggled in summer to offload fringe player, they are eyeing up an opportunity to bring the Spaniard in on loan.
The report claims that Gunners are far from the only interested club, but they may have an advantage as Real Madrid do not want to strengthen a Spanish rival.
Real Madrid and Arsenal have also already done business recently, with Dani Ceballos coming to North London, so there are good lines of contact between the two sides.
Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta has refused to rule out the prospect of Arsenal sealing a January transfer window move for Real Madrid midfielder Isco.
Following the Gunners’ win over Brighton last night, Mikel Arteta was quizzed on the links regarding Isco and a move to the Emirates Stadium. Although the Gunners chief would not be drawn on specific names, he did not deny Arsenal holding an interest in the former Valencia man.
‘Obviously we cannot talk about individual players,’ Mikel Arteta said.
The Gunners’ recent triumphs over both Chelsea and Brighton have dragged the club away from immediate danger at the bottom of the league standings.
Despite that, head coach Mikel Arteta insists the Gunners’ last two results will not change their January approach.
The Spaniard added: ‘The last few results won’t change our approach to the window.’
If Isco was to switch to Arsenal he would add to the technical ability of their midfield, but he would need to re-find his top form.
The playmaker, who was once hailed as ‘magic’ by former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, has been out of sorts for a considerable amount of time now, but if Arsenal could restore him to his best then he would be a wonderful addition.
Gabriel, Saka, Partey: Arsenal team news and injury updates ahead of West Brom clash
The Brazilian defender, who joined the Gunners from Ligue 1 side Lille during the summer, will miss Saturday’s trip to West Bromwich Albion after being confirmed to have tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week.
The 22-year-old centre-back missed Saturday’s clash with Chelsea after being forced to self-isolate, following the news that someone he had been in close contact with had tested positive for the virus. Now, Gabriel has tested positive himself, meaning he must spend a period of time in self-isolation.
After missing last night’s clash with Brighton, he will also miss the tussle with West Brom this weekend.
The academy graduate Saka was forced off in the latter stages of the clash at the AMEX Stadium last night, sparking fears that he could be set for a spell on the sidelines.
However, though Mikel Arteta was unable to provide clarity on what the injury was, the Spaniard is hopeful he will not be out of action for too long, if it all.
The Gunners head coach said: ‘Hopefully not. He was limping but I think he took a strong challenge there but hopefully he will be fine.’
Since limping off in the north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur in the early throws of December, summer signing Thomas Partey has not featured.
The 27-year-old powerful midfielder has missed the clashes with Dundalk, Burnley, Southampton, Everton, Manchester City, Chelsea and last night clash against Brighton, meaning Arsenal have been starved of the quality and aggression he brings to the engine room.
It is unclear what the exact nature of the injury is but the Ex-Atletico Madrid ace has returned to training at London Colney and is expected to return to action earlier of next year.
Partey is not expected to involved when Arsenal trip to West Bromwich Albion this weekend and but is expected to return to action when Arsenal encounter with Newcastle United in FA Cup third round next year.
David Luiz is another player within the Arsenal squad that has recently been forced into a period of self-isolation after being told that he had also been in contact with someone that had tested positive for Covid-19.
However, Luiz, himself, has not been confirmed to have contracted the virus. He missed the trip to Brighton, though, with Arsenal confirming on Monday that he will not return to team training until New Year’s Eve Thursday.
Like David Luiz, fellow countryman Willian is also poised to return to full team training on Thursday after a period of feeling unwell.
The Brazilian winger was not involved against his former club on Saturday because of that.
He has returned to training at London Colney, but not alongside the full group, meaning he did not feature against Brighton, but is expected to return for Saturday’s trip to West Brom.