Arsenal ‘agree transfer’ of 18-year-old centre back, but who is Omar Rekik?
Omar Rekik: Hertha Berlin - photo: viaGetty Images 

According to football.london, Arsenal have managed to agree a deal for the Tunisian to join the club in January after running out of time in the summer transfer window.

The North London outfit will pay a fee in the region of £800,000 for the Bundesliga man, who is seen as one of Africa’s brightest young prospects, and have just under six weeks until the deal becomes official on January, 1.

While the 18-year-old is yet to make his debut for Hertha, The Gunners have been tracking his development for quite some time.

Interest has emerged from a number of top European suitors in recent weeks, which has forced Arsenal into agreeing an early deal in principal.

The left-sided centre back is expected to be loaned straight back out in January to gain valuable experience, much like the young William Saliba.

  • About the man himself 

The 6ft 1in wall currently plays his football for Hertha BSC II (their B team), though he did make the bench for the first team a few times back in June.

Omar Rekik has already represented Tunisia at senior level whilst also playing for the likes of Feyenoord, Manchester City, PSV and Marseille at youth level. 

He has scored one goal and registered an assist in eight appearances for the second team this season, while helping his side to two clean sheets in their last three games.

Rekik will become the seventh Arsenal recruit in the last 12 months, he will not be signed as a first team player for now and will initially play in Per Mertesacker's under-23 side. 

Reports suggest that the German has offered Rekik the chance to train with the first team if he joins.

The capture of Rekik would represent the latest addition in Mertesacker's youth recruitment drive, which has previously included the likes of young forward Nikolaj Moller and winger George Lewis.

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