The last has not been heard of the discussions between Arsenal and Legia Warsaw for Krystian Bielik but it may not be too long now before the 17-year old becomes a Gunner with a Guardian report claiming that the latest talks between both parties have been “productive”.
Like a tussle between two dynasties, officials of both Capital clubs have had several meetings over recent weeks for the transfer of Bielik to London but issues revolving around the fee have been the major stumbling block. With two bids already rejected, the report says an improved €3m offer has been lodged on Tuesday by Arsenal officials, and it is believed to be just what Legia have demanded.
Bielik has only just made the move from Lech Poznan to rival club Legia in the summer of 2014 for a mere £9,500 but his stock has so grown that Henning Berg only had to watch him twice with the Youth team before handing him a senior debut with the Legia first team. He has made an appearance in the Europa League too, showing signs of a player who looks well on his way to achieving the big things he’s been tipped for in his homeland.
Arsenal’s defensive midfield problems does not seem something to be dropped on the desk of a newly-arriving 17-year old but if Bielik has shown enough to convince people that he is the new Patrick Vieira, Wenger might as well take the gamble on him when he eventually touches down after a few training sessions. The Arsenal manager is in search of long-term solutions for a position that has defied the realms of his exalted ingenuity, be it in converting Mikel Arteta from an attacking midfielder or recalling a Mattieu Flamini who had lost a patch of himself amidst the turmoil of the Serie A.
The recall of Francis Coquelin from a loan spell has worked to some extent but the feeling is that Wenger would want to have someone whom he can see through from the cradle till he becomes ready to inherit the crown.
With the emerging pool of exciting midfielders from the Arsenal academy, notably Daniel Crowley and Gedion Zelalem, Arsene may just be adding the final piece of what should be a strong future troika at the Emirates, combined with the likes of Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey – who have not fully kicked on – as the experienced heads. No one knows exactly how long Le Prof will remain at the Emirates even if he has spent barely 7 months of a new 3 year deal, and it could be that he is setting things in motion for a great team with which to bid the Arsenal faithful farewell.
For the ordinary fan, though, today matters a bit more and if Bielik is that good and can come in quick enough to stop David Silva and Sergio Aguero next Sunday, so be it.
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