Arsenal are expected to complete a deal for Legia Warsaw midfielder Krystian Bielik this week with the starlet expected in London on Friday to undergo a medical, reports Goal.
The Gunners had seen two bids for Bielik rejected but were forced into action after Hamburg agreed a deal with the Polish outfit. Arsene Wenger sent transfer fixer Dick Law to Warsaw on Wednesday to launch a final bid of €3 million plus add-ons, which was accepted.
Having seen Arsenal agree a deal with his current club, the 17-year-old immediately opted to make the move to north London and will arrive in the capital on Friday to complete medical checks. All being well, a deal should be done and dusted by the weekend.
The same report claims Bielik will sign a three-year deal with Arsenal to become the first arrival at the Emirates Stadium in the January transfer window. Despite only turning 17 earlier this year, Wenger is expected to bump him up into the first-team straight away.
That is in someway indicative of Bielik's exceptional talent but also of Arsenal's lack of options in defensive midfield. Wenger has already had to recall Francis Coquelin from his loan spell at Charlton Athletic. The midfielder went straight into first-team duties, playing the full 90 minutes against both Hull City and Stoke City.
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Bielik is unlikely to challenge Coquelin and Mathieu Flamini for a first-team spot, but will hopefully see his progression fast-tracked by training with the first-team. It could also be the writing on the wall for Mikel Arteta, who today was ruled out for three months with an ankle injury.
Arteta required surgery on the troublesome joint and will now sit out the rest of the season, when his current contract will expire. Some reports have suggested a one-year deal has already been agreed, but no official announcement has been made. Should Bielik impress, Wenger may see no need to extend Arteta's deal.
Bielik, a youth international with Poland, is quoted as saying: "I'm going to London to fulfill my dreams. I hope I will become an Arsenal player soon."