Arsenal have all but completed the signing of Legia Warsaw’s teenage midfielder Krystian Bielik, as the Polish outfit’s chairman, Boguslaw Lesnodorski, confirmed via Twitter that a deal is done.
Over the past week speculation has raged as to whether or not Arsene Wenger would be able to land the youngster, with the Frenchman said to be considering moves for a number of midfielders.
Bielik move on
However it appears that the 17-year-old has peaked his interest, as the two clubs are busy negotiating the final elements of an agreement to see him move to the Emirate Stadium this month.
Though due to his lack of experience Bielik isn’t likely to be introduced to the first-team straight away, he will be one to watch for the future, with Wenger having carved a reputation for himself as a manager who excels in developing the abilities of would-be starlets.
Confirmation from Warsaw
The confirmation of the Warsaw prodigy came about when Polish journalist Michal Kolodziejczyk initially tweeted that a £2 million fee would be paid, with another £500,000 to come later on.
If that alone wasn’t enough to sate the appetite of those fans baying for a climax to the saga Lesnodorski then took to social media himself to concur with the rumours, as relayed by the Daily Star.
He said: "I also confirm, but the conditions are not final."
"I also confirm, but the conditions are not final"
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Should the deal be finalised without a hiccup then Wenger may have one of the two players he’s supposedly asked the Arsenal board to help him land this month. Whether or not that will spell the end for his pursuits of players such as Morgan Schneiderlin and Marcelo Brozovic remains to be seen, but the fact that Mikel Arteta has been ruled out for as long as three months makes his situation a precarious one.
The Spaniard’s absence is sure to see Wenger ready to spend more money on getting a proper replacement, with Sevilla’s Grzegorz Krychowiak also thrown into the mix virtue of the fact that his club have just signed Lucho Gonzalez.
The Gunners aren’t known for spending great amounts of money at this stage of the season but they may be left with little choice if their ambitions match that of their fan base. Chelsea and Manchester City looked to have already turned the Premier League title race into a two-horse affair, but Wenger’s side are still in contention for a top four finish.