Arsenal are reportedly poised to sign Hertha Berlin youngster Omar Rekik while Jack Grealish’s stock continues to rise in the transfer market.
Football Insider claim 19-year-old defender Rekik is set to join the club this month with Gunners’ academy chief Per Mertesacker said to have played a key role in making the deal happen.
The Athletc meanwhile report Aston Villa now value Jack Grealish at £90m – with Manchester United and any other club interested in the England international now needing to pay huge money to prise him away from Villa Park.
And following reports that Mesut Ozil has agreed a contract with Turkish giants Fenerbahce, the Arsenal playmaker’s agent has indicated no decisions have been made just yet – and that his client could even see out the remainder of the season with the Gunners.
Arsenal sign up Bundesliga youngster
Source: Football Insider
Arsenal have agreed their first signing of the January window having reportedly struck a deal to bring Hertha Berlin youngster Omar Rekik to the club.
Football Insider report the Gunners have agreed a fee of £540,000 for the 19-year-old defender, who is said to have already undergone a medical with the club.
Rekik is expected to join up with the Under-23 side.
Liverpool in for Ramos?
Source: El Chiringuito
Liverpool are interested in signing Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, according to reports in Spain.
Out of contract at the end of the season, the Real Madrid skipper is now free to discuss terms with clubs outside Spain.
Talks between Ramos and Real have reportedly stalled with the skipper unhappy with the club’s financial proposal, telling president Florentino Perez he will now listen to offers from outside Madrid.
El Chiringuito claim Liverpool are keen as Jurgen Klopp continues his bid to patch up an injury-hit central defence. Juventus and Manchester City also said to be interested.
Grealish price rises to £90m
Source: The Athletic
Manchester United will likely need to break their club record transfer to sign Jack Grealish.
The England international has gone from strength to strength after signing a new contract with Aston Villa last year. He is now a regular starter for England and a key player in a Aston Villa side who are themselves only three points off the top four.
United, who are among the favourites to sign Grealish, were reportedly reluctant to meet Villa’s £70m valuation last summer and according to The Athletic, they will now have to pay £90m if they want to land him next summer.
’10 days’ to decide Ozil future
Mesut Ozil’s agent Dr Erkut Sogut believes the German’s future will be resolved within the next 10 days.
Frozen out of the Arsenal first-team having not made a senior appearance since last March, Ozil’s time in north London looks to be finally coming to a close.
Football.London reported on Wednesday the German playmaker has been in negotiations with MLS side DC United with reports in Turkey later claiming he has agreed a three-and-a-half year deal with Fenerbahce.
But this saga isn’t over quite yet.
Sogut told ESPN: “He might stay at Arsenal until the summer but he might go. Mesut’s priority is to stay but you never know in football, things can change very fast. For the moment, we are just checking all the options for January and the summer.
“If we want to leave in January, I need to talk to Arsenal. If we sign for the summer, we don’t need to. That’s the situation. In the next seven to 10 days, it will be a little clearer as now the transfer window is open, things can move faster.”
Mikel Arteta is hastily trying to trim his squad before turning to possible acquisitions in the January window.
Ajax close in on West Ham’s Haller?
West Ham striker Sebastien Haller is closing in on a move to Ajax for a fee in the region of £22million, according to Goal.
A meeting is scheduled for Thursday when it is claimed the deal will be finalised. Haller has made just 10 starts in the Premier League this term – scoring three – but is no stranger to the Eredivisie and hit more than 50 goals for Utrecht during a three-year spell in the Netherlands from 2014.
His departure would likely mark the start of a reshuffle at the top of the field for West Ham with David Moyes reportedly prioritising a new striker this January. The Hammers lack a regular goalscorer in attack with top-scoring frontman Jarrod Bowen averaging just 0.28 goals per game this season.
January move for van de Beek?
Donny van de Beek has been urged to try and find a move away from Manchester United this month.
The Dutchman has been limited to just eight starting appearances in all competitions since his £35m arrival from Ajax last summer. On Monday, Dutch daily De Telegraaf wrote Van de Beek should ‘pack his bags’ if not handed a start in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Manchester City.
The 23-year-old instead emerged from the bench with two minutes left.
And former Netherlands international Ronald de Boer believes his compatriot may be best served finding a new club.
“The European Championship is coming, he will undoubtedly want to be there,” de Boer told AD.
“Maybe it would be good for him to discuss with the club exactly what they want with him. If the view on playing time does not improve, he may have to declare that he should be rented or even sold.”