Arsenal have sent chief transfer negotiator Dick Law to Warsaw this morning, to finalise terms over a January swoop for Legia Warsaw wonderkid Krystian Bielik.
The 17-year-old has attracted the attention across the continent with a string of accomplished performances for Legia over the last few months, but Arsenal are very much in pole position to secure his signature.
Law is currently in Warsaw attempting to reach a compromise over a transfer fee with Legia, who are holding out for as much as £4 million to part with their prized young asset. Arsenal are confident of completing the deal for far less, with talkSPORT reporting that negotiations are now at an advanced stage.
Answer to defensive midfield woes?
Gunners fans have been crying out for Wenger to sign a new holding midfielder that brings physical presence and power for some time, although Bielik is hardly the headline-grabbing addition they had in mind.
Wenger as always is planning for the long-term and thinks that Bielik is capable of following Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski in swapping Warsaw for the Premier League successfully.
Ready for the step-up?
Bielik visited Arsenal's training ground last month and spoke to Wenger personally about the possibility of moving to the Emirates, with the Frenchman at pains to make it clear to the youngster that he'll get a quick first-team chance if he impresses.
The Mirror report that Wenger told the teenager: “I see a lot of potential in you. Age is not important, you will get a chance."
The 6'2'' defensive-minded midfielder clearly feels the time is right to make a step up, which is no surprise given that Wenger has a proven track record of giving young talent the chance to shine ahead of schedule.
Arsenal will have to persuade Legia to do business below their valuation of the player before Bielik can become a Gunner though, with a deal involving add-on's based on appearances and performance looking increasingly likely.