Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal are interested in signing Krystian Bielik from Legia Warsaw but admits a deal is still a long way off.
The Gunners were reportedly ready to complete a deal for the 17-year-old midfielder with talk of a £1.6 million deal being agreed between the two clubs. However, it is now believed that the Polish outfit are holding out for something close to £2.5 million.
Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal are following Bielik but has admitted the club are still not very close to agreeing a fee.
Asked about Bielik in a press conference, Wenger said: “He is a young boy that we follow, yes. We are not very close at the moment.”
Bielik only turned 17-years-old last week but has already made a handful of appearances for Legia Warsaw, including a substitute role in the Europa League. He will be given the chance to go straight into Arsenal's first team if he completes the move.
"I hope that the two clubs come together and I go to London to fulfil my dreams"
The player himself has already stated that he wants to make the move to the Emirates Stadium as soon as possible. To boot, his agent has said a deal looks likely at this point in time.
"I hope that the two clubs come together and I go to London to fulfil my dreams," Bielik was quoted as saying in Polish media.
"He [Wenger] knows that I have the skills, am determined to win and he wants to sign me as soon as possible to start working with me."
Whatever the fee eventually agreed, Legia Warsaw are likely to make a significant profit on their original outlay. They paid Lech Poznan just £9,500 to sign him last July, tying him to a three-year contract.
During the same press conference, Wenger confirmed that he intends to keep Joel Campbell in north London despite the Costa Rican's lack of first team football. The same cannot be said of Yaya Sanogo, who is on the verge of going out on loan in the hunt for Premier League experience.