Reports by the Times have it that Polish youngster, Krystian Bielik, is inching ever closer to becoming Arsenal’s first signing of the winter window, with the club’s leading negotiator, Dick Law, expected to be in Warsaw to finalize discussions.
The Gunners have been deadlocked with Legia Warsaw in reaching a positive conclusion for the fee require to facilitate the 17-year old’s transfer. A substantial bid has already been met with a reported rebuff and it’s believed that a £2.5m will be the least the Polish club will accept. Wenger has confirmed that Bielik is one of those whom the club follow and that would seem to hint at a genuine intention to do what is required to land him at the Emirates.
There is been a troublesome situation with the defensive midfield position at Arsenal, the most recent decent personnel there being Alex Song. Wenger chose not to take him back when it became obvious Barcelona were willing to let go of him but the reliance on Mikel Arteta and Mattieu Flamini has not proven a jackpot winning gamble. At 17, Bielik may not represent an immediate solution for the Gunners but for a manager who handed the reins of his midfield to a 17-year old Cesc Fabregas, perhaps this Polish lad has the capability to fill a decade-old gap afterall.
Highly rated as the polish Patrick Vieira in his home land, Bielik is eager to take the next big step in his career and could fulfill his billing in the club where the veteran Frenchman made his name, if the remaining aspects of ongoing negotiations are concluded. Reports have it that the teenager was shown around the facilities at London Colney and that a satisfaction on his parents’ part will see him move to the Emirates in January or in the next summer.
He is already a regular in the Polish first division but he may not go straight into the first team when he arrives at the Emirates. What is certain is that if he proves good enough in FA Cup games, there’ll be no fear to give him the big test in the Premier League. He has a sizeable frame that could count as an advantage over the current DM options at the moment available to Wenger at the moment.
Bielik is desperate for the deal not to walk the route laid with banana skins, showing some assurance of Wenger’s plans for him.
“He [Wenger] said I would start the training with the first-team, under his guidance, and then it all depends on me. He knows that I have the skills, am determined to win and he wants to sign me as soon as possible to start working with me.
“I would train with the first-team and play in the junior teams- U18, U19 or U21- and Wenger says that if I am good enough to stay in the first-team, I will remain in it.”
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