Arsenal are nearing in on the capture of Polish wonderkid Krystian Bielik from Legia Warsaw, after his agent told The Guardian that they are on the cusp of agreeing a move in the near future.
Reports suggested that the move was proving difficult to finalise, with the two clubs disagreeing on price – Legia want a fee closer to £2.5 million, while Arsenal have offered £1.6 million for the midfielder.
However, assuming that issue is solved, there seems to be little in the way of barrier to Bielik joining the Emirates Stadium club.
The young star visited Arsenal’s training ground, and despite interest from Italian giants Roma, Bielik has his heart set on moving to the north London side.
Despite only turning 17 a week ago, Bielik has already made seven appearances for Legia’s first team.
He is considered to be a defensive midfielder, and stands at 6ft 2in already, at his young age.
“We are speaking and hopefully we will find a solution,” his agent Cezary Kucharski said.
Bielik added: “I’ve made a decision [to join Arsenal] and I’m not going to change it.
“I am looking forward to an agreement between the heads of the clubs.
“I realise that the negotiations may take some time. I am, however, confident it will happen soon.”
Arsenal have had a £1.6 million bid for Krystian Bielik turned down by Legia Warsaw, as reported by The Guardian.
Arsene Wenger personally invited Bielik to visit the club’s London Colney training centre during the festive period, and the player travelled over from Poland for the tour.
Arsenal also made an initial €1.5 million bid for him, which was turned down.
The north London club have pushed their interest forward, and with Bielik keen on a move to the Premier League giants, further bids are likely, even though Warsaw have turned down another offer worth €2 million (£1.6 million).
Bielik has played considerable first team football for Legia this season, but would be expected to move down from the senior side to academy standard football if he joined the Gunners.
He can play at centre half, but has also been used in midfield by Legia boss Henning Berg.
Legia are unlikely to accept a package worth less than €3 million overall for the highly talented 17 year old defensive midfielder.
Arsenal’s chase for Legia Warsaw wonderkid Krystian Bielik is set to be decided over the Christmas period, with the youngster set to either move to north London or stay with his current club.
A £1.6 million move has been discussed with the player and his club, with talks being held in the capital last week with the player.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is particularly keen to push through a transfer during the winter transfer window, as reported by the London Evening Standard.
A potential spanner in the works could be the amount of first team football on offer.
Bielik has been given the guarantee of regular action at first team level by Legia manager Henning Berg if he chooses to remain with the Polish side.
The prodigious young talent has made six appearances for Legia in his career, and can play at both defensive midfield and at centre back.
He has now been given time to discuss the move with his family.