Arsenal agree deal to sign Krystian Bielik in January

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Arsene Wenger is looking to solve Arsenal's long-standing defensive midfield problem by completing the January signing of Legia Warsaw starlet Krystian Bielik.

According to the Daily Star, the Polish wonderkid - who has been dubbed the 'next Patrick Vieira' in his homeland - has been offered a 300 per cent pay rise to move to the Emirates Stadium, which will see his weekly wage quadruple from around £500 to £2,000-a-week.

Bielik is one of the hottest young properties in Europe at the moment and Wenger is eager to lure the 16-year-old to north London in the hope of developing the talented teenager into a world-class star of the future.

Earlier this week Arsenal were reported to have welcomed Martin Odegaard - another exciting prospect that recently emerged from the continent - to join them at their training base in London Colney, but given the widespread interest in his signature the Premier League giants probably don't hold much hope of securing his signature.

Instead, the Gunners have firmly set their sights on landing Bielik, although senior officials negotiating the deal could face some difficulties getting it over the line in the New Year, because the midfielder's parents would prefer their son to make the move at the end of the season.

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Arsenal chiefs have already extended an invitation to the whole family to fly over to England and watch Wenger's side in their Boxing Day clash against Queens Park Rangers in the hope that it will help sweeten the deal.

Bielik, his mother and father have already been shown around the club's facilities and have been undeniably impressed with what they've seen. And, combined with Wenger's incredible track-record for nurturing and developing up-and-coming talent, it should pave way for the Gunners to get their man in 2015.

The only reservation that Arsenal supporters might have is the fact that the Polish ace is still in the early stages of his burgeoning career and will probably be some way off a regular first-team role when he first arrives, so Wenger will still need to address the immediate shortage of deep-lying alternatives while Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere remain sidelined by injury.

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