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Thursday's Arsenal transfer talk news roundup: Dominik Szoboszlai, Omar Rekik, Isco

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Arsenal on Thursday, November 19.

The summer transfer window has now closed, with Arsenal pulling off one of the standout deals on deadline day.

The Gunners triggered the release clause of Thomas Partey to cap off a relatively busy summer which saw the likes of Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes join too, and attention will now begin to turn to January.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest news on possible comings and goings at the Emirates Stadium.

Thursday morning's Arsenal transfer talk news roundup:


Arsenal 'agree to sign Omar Rekik from Hertha Berlin'

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta pictured on November 8, 2020© Reuters

Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign young defender Omar Rekik from Hertha Berlin in the January transfer window, according to a report.

The 18-year-old was expected to sign in the summer transfer window, but a deal could not be reached, which in turn had an impact on William Saliba's projected return to Saint-Etienne on loan.

Saliba, who turned 19 in March, joined Arsenal in 2019 but spent last season back at Saint-Etienne and was expected to return on a temporary basis again for 2020-21 in order to aid his development, only for the deal to break down at the 11th hour.

According to football london, a similar plan is in place for Rekik, who will sign for Arsenal in January and in all likelihood be loaned immediately back to Hertha until the end of the season.

Rekik has already represented Tunisia at senior level having played at youth level for the likes of Feyenoord, Manchester City, PSV and Marseille.

A highly-rated left-sided central defender, his older brother Karim Rekik left Hertha to join Sevilla on a five-year contract last summer.

Former Arsenal defender and current academy manager Per Mertesacker is felt to be at the heart of the deal, assuring Rekik he will get to train regularly with the first team should he sign.

The German has spearheaded a proactive recruitment strategy in the past year, signing no fewer than six young players to bolster a shrinking squad.



Tottenham Hotspur 'enter race for Dominik Szoboszlai'

Red Bull Salzburg forward Dominik Szoboszlai celebrates scoring in the Champions League in October 2020© Reuters

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to rival the likes of Arsenal and Real Madrid for the signature of Red Bull Salzburg attacker Dominik Szoboszlai.

The 20-year-old has been in impressive form for his Austrian club during the 2020-21 campaign, scoring five times and providing nine assists in 13 appearances in all competitions.

Szoboszlai also recently scored the goal that sent Hungary to next summer's European Championships, and a number of clubs are believed to be interested in his signature.

Arsenal and Madrid are among those to be linked with the attacker, but according to football.london, Tottenham have now entered the race for the youngster ahead of the January transfer window.

Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch has admitted that Szoboszlai is likely to leave the club at the start of 2021, with Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig also believed to be in the hunt.

The Hungarian's agent has also conceded that his client is "closer now to leaving the Austrian league".


More transfer news from Arsenal:

Arsenal remain in hunt for Real Madrid midfielder Isco?
Arsenal reportedly remain as a potential destination for Isco, who is expected to leave Real Madrid in one of the upcoming transfer windows. Read more.

Red Bull Salzburg boss expecting Dominik Szoboszlai exit amid Arsenal interest
Red Bull Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch admits that he is expecting Dominik Szoboszlai to leave the club in January amid speculation linking him with Arsenal. Read more.

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