Arsenal are reportedly closing on a deal for Legia Warsaw midfielder Krystian Bielik after convincing his parents, according to reports in the Daily Star.
The 16 year old, caught the eye of the Gunners scouts after breaking into the Polish side’s first team this season and has often been compared to former Arsenal player Patrick Viera.
The report states that the North London club have already tabled a £1.6 million bid and the club chief’s have already showed Bielik’s parents a look around the facilities at the Emirates.It seems they have been impressed by how the club will handle the development of their young son and are keen on a move.
The club don’t want to put too much pressure on the youngster but are desperate not to miss out on the exciting prospect. The Gunners are expected to make further progress on Boxing Day after they invited the player’s family to watch their clash with QPR.
The player recently stated that he will be flying to London for further talks, but confirmed that he is yet to decide on a move. He said:
I’m flying to London. I have to think about it, I still do not know what decision I make.
I have to decide what will be best for me.
For now, however, I focus on the games for Legia.
He is renowned for being a creative player who can start-off attacks from his own half, while he is also extremely advanced technically. He is strong in the tackle and possesses wide range of passing. The Gunners are desperate for a defensive midfielder, as Arteta and Flamini doesn’t seem to have the legs to fight it out with the attacking threat the Premier League possesses.
Bielik is undoubtedly a huge prospect for the future, but he is still very young to fill the defensive midfield position. It’s a must for Arsenal to sign a midfield enforcer if they are to have any hopes of a top four finish and we need someone with more experience at the top level maybe in the mould of Khedira or William Carvalho.
I don’t think we will be in any rush to push the deal through in January, but it seems the Gunners management definitely believes that the youngster has what it takes to play at a much higher level than the Polish first division. My preference would be to sign a experienced player in January and then allow Bielik to get nurtured under him to eventually replace him?
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