Arsenal have seen a second bid for Krystian Bielik rejected by Legia Warsaw, reports Sky Sports.
The Gunners reportedly agreed a deal with the Polish outfit to sign Bielik last month. The truth was that Legia Warsaw rejected Arsenal's £1.6 million offer for the 17-year-old and negotiations soon hit an impasse.
With the January transfer window now open and Arsene Wenger keen to seal the signature of the highly rated midfielder, a second offer was launched in a bid to agree a deal before the end of the month.
Legia Warsaw are keen to keep one of their most valuable assets and rejected Arsenal's second offer, hinting that they will not let Bielik go cheaply. Comparisons with Patrick Vieira have helped to increase the player's reputation along with some impressive performances in the Polish league.
Whatever happens, Warsaw are likely to sell Bielik for a significant profit. They paid just £9,500 to sign him from Lech Poznan last July, with the player signing a three-year deal.
The teenager broke into the first team almost immediately after outclassing opposition at youth level. He has since make six appearances for the club including a substitute appearance in the 2-0 win over Trabzonspor in the Europa League.
Arsenal have needed a steely midfielder ever since Vieira, or arguably Gilberto, departed the club. Pundits have cited the lack of physical presence as the main reason Arsenal are struggling to cope in big games.
At 17, Bielik is already six foot, two inches and growing. His presence in midfield is noticeable and he is only going to get bigger. He could be the forceful midfielder the Gunners have been crying out for. However, he is not the established name fans were hoping for.
Money to spend
Arsenal have been linked with Sami Khedira and William Carvalho in recent months but it seems Wenger still prefers a rough diamond. That is despite the fact the Frenchman has more money to spend now than ever before.
Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have arrived in successive summers for fees in excess of £30 million. Wenger will be able to make a similar signing next summer but may choose to invest it in a world-class centre-back.