Arsenal have opened talks to sign Polish teenager Krystian Bielik in a deal which could be worth up to £380,000, after receiving rave reviews from scouts on a player who has even been compared to Patrick Vieira in his homeland.
Bielik has earned that incredible comparison after breaking into Legia Warsaw's first team at the age of 16, the latest milestone in a fledging career which has been tracked very closely by Arsenal scouts with strong connections in Poland.
The Gunners signed Wojciech Szczesny from Legia at a similar age and are now looking at making Beilik the next player to join their revamped youth setup, according to Polish news outlet TVP Sport.
Bielik facing difficult decision
Arsenal's interest has presented the youngster with a very difficult decision, does he feel ready to follow in Szczesny's footsteps after playing just 153 minutes of senior football?
Szczesny's rise to Arsenal's first team should give him plenty of room for encouragement, although premature comparisons to Vieira are probably not in the defensive midfielder's best interests.
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Talent worth keeping an eye on
Fleeting glimpses of Bilek's talent on YouTube show the starlet to be strong in the tackle & possess a pretty impressive range of passing, which is about all you can gleam from a video which only lasts exactly one minute.
Arsenal scouts have taken the best Polish talent in the past though, so there's no reason to suggest they aren't on to a winner once again with Bilek.
Legia reportedly think that Arsenal are willing to pay up to £2million Polish zloty to add a new midfield linchpin to their academy, which equates to roughly £380,000 under the current exchange rate, with talks ongoing as to what's best for Bilek's future.
Don't expect Arsenal to be in any rush to force this particular deal through in January, but long-term Bilek is clearly a player they believe has what it takes to play at a much higher level than the Polish first division if his talent is harnessed directly.
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