Omar Rekik and Mika Biereth look set for season-long loan moves in Holland as Arsenal gear them up for life in senior football.
Defender Rekik, a full international with Tunisia, is reportedly set to join Sparta Rotterdam while striker Biereth, a Denmark under-19 international, is, according to The Athletic, being linked with RKC Waalwijk.
Rekik, 20, is no stranger to a move. Born in Holland, the centre-back started his career at Feyenoord before taking in stints at Manchester City, PSV Eindhoven and Marseille. The Gunners signed him from Hertha Berlin in January 2021 and he was a regular with the under-23s last season.
Exclusif (mercato): #Omar_Rekik signe un contrat de prêt d'une saison pour l'équipe néerlandaise du #SpartaRotterdam. Le contrat garantit au joueur de jouer de 75% à 90% des matchs, sinon le club supportera une amende pouvant aller jusqu'à un million d'euros. pic.twitter.com/PpaVpjYRyS
— Ihsen Ben Salah (@sadanpoche) June 19, 2022
Had he not earned a surprise call-up to the African Cup of Nations in January, he’d likely have spent the second half of the 2021/22 season with Stoke City who were known to be interested. No doubt the player will have one eye on World Cup selection with his country set to face Denmark, Australia and France in the group stages.
Biereth arrived at Arsenal last summer from Fulham and was quick to make his impact on the under-23s. The 19-year-old scored 12 goals in 26 appearances and was included on the bench for a number of first team matches. While he’s yet to make his debut for Mikel Arteta’s first team, hopes are high that he can take a serious claim within a couple of years.
In addition to sorting loan moves for a number of Academy players, Per Mertesacker also needs to appoint new coaches at both under-23 and under-18 level after Kevin Betsy and Dan Micciche left to join Crawley Town. It’s promising to be a very busy summer for the BFG.