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Transfer news: Arsenal ‘sign Rekik’, Messi latest – today’s football gossip

By Tony Mogan

Published: 23:53, 6 January 2021 | Updated: 13:11, 10 August 2021

Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Hertha Berlin youngster Omar Rekik as the saga over Mesut Ozil’s future rumbles on.

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.

Following reports that Ozil has agreed a contract with Turkish giants Fenerbahce, the 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 Arsenal.

Concern over Donny van de Beek’s playing time at Manchester United continues to grow with one former Netherlands international suggesting the midfielder find a new club this month.

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.

’10 days’ to decide Ozil future

Source: ESPN

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.”

January move for van de Beek?

Source: AD

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 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.”

Pessimism over Messi future at Barcelona

Source: ESPN

Barcelona presidential candidate Agusti Benedito doesn’t believe Lionel http://Barcelona presidential candidate Agusti Benedito doesn’t believe Lionel Messi will be at the club next season. Messi’s deal at the Camp Nou will expire this summer and is currently free to discuss terms with foreign clubs. Manchester City believe they are at ‘the front of the queue’ should the Argentina legend opt to move on with Benedito pessimistic over Barca’s chances of retaining his services. “Keeping Messi would be the best news for the club but I am not very optimistic,” he told ESPN. He added: “I would have liked him to say in his interview the other week that his desire is to stay at the club, but he didn’t and now we have to wait and see. The truth is I am pessimistic.”Messi will be at the club next season.

Messi’s deal at the Camp Nou will expire this summer and is currently free to discuss terms with foreign clubs. Manchester City believe they are at ‘the front of the queue’ should the Argentina legend opt to move on with Benedito pessimistic over Barca’s chances of retaining his services.

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“Keeping Messi would be the best news for the club but I am not very optimistic,” he told ESPN.

He added: “I would have liked him to say in his interview the other week that his desire is to stay at the club, but he didn’t and now we have to wait and see. The truth is I am pessimistic.”