Talks Ongoing After Arsenal Fail With Improved Bid For Midfielder
Arsenal remain in talks with Legia Warsaw after the Polish side rejected an improved offer for highly-rated midfielder Krystian Bielik, according to Sky Sports
With the January transfer now open for business, managers are working hard to strengthen their squads ahead of the second half of the season, so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Arsenal are linked with Krystian Bielik…..
Arsenal remain in talks with Legia Warsaw after the Polish outfit rejected an improved offer for highly-rated defensive midfielder Krystian Bielik, according to Sky Sports News.
Bielik has emerged as one of the hottest properties in his homeland after breaking into the first team set up at Legia this season following some impressive displays for the clubs youth team, and he’s made six appearances for the first team this campaign.
The 17-year-old’s potential has alerted Arsene Wenger as he’s been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates in recent weeks and reports suggest we saw an opening offer of €2m (£1.6m) rejected last month.
Sky Sports News are now claiming that we’ve gone back in with an improved offer but we’ll have to dig a little deeper as it’s once again been knocked back by the Polish outfit.
However, a potential deal could still be on the cards as the report suggests that we remain in talks, with Legia holding out for a fee closer to €3m (2.3m) for one of their most prized assets.
Bielik only moved to Warsaw last July when they paid Lech Poznan just £9,500 for his signature, so they stand to make a huge profit on their investment if we’re able to get a deal agreed.
Wenger has history of negotiating with the Polish side after signing Wojciech Szczesny from them as a 16-year-old back in 2006, so we’ll hope that good relationship will help find an agreement for Bielik this time around.
Obviously the teenager isn’t the established name many fans are hoping Wenger will sign this month and although he certainly looks to have a bright future ahead of him, I don’t think we’ll see him make an impact on the first team any time soon.
I personally think we need to sign a ready-made replacement for Mikel Arteta. A player whose capable of stepping in now and doing the business at both Premier League and European level, so I hope that if we do sign Bielik, that we also bring in another more established player.
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However, if Bielik is the only midfielder we sign this month, then it looks as though the boss will go with what he’s got for the rest of the season and hope that the Polish youngster will use the next few months to learn from the likes of Arteta and Flamini before possibly pushing for a first team place next season.
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