The rumour: Arsenal have seen a £1.6m offer rejected for Poland starlet Krystian Bielik of Legia Warsaw and face competition from AS Roma who want to bring the defensive midfielder to Serie A.
The highly-rated 16-year-old recently discussed a potential move to north London and despite wanting to take the plunge and move west it appears Warsaw are not yet convinced on the Gunners initial offer.
Speaking to Legionisci in Poland last week, Bielik discussed his initial concerns and ambitions to play for Arsenal. He said:
I confess that I’m a little bit afraid. Only a madman would have no concerns… However, you have to be confident, and I’m sure in myself and my abilities.
If I go it’s not to be more in the media, but just to fulfil dreams and fight for a place in the line-up. I’m not saying that at once I’ll be in the Arsenal starting XI, but I would like to be an important and positive figure in the eyes of coach Wenger.
Bielik, who wears number 33 at the Polish club, recently flew to England to meet Arsene Wenger and visit the clubs training facilities. According to Eurosport Poland, the midfield prodigy has set his sights on moving to north London but in failing to reach an agreement early on, Arsenal have left the door open for several other interested parties such as VfB Stuttgart, Hamburger SV and AS Roma.
The tall, powerful defensive midfielder is thought to be strong in the air and quick off the mark. He is someone who does not shy away from making the necessary tackles and doing the hard grind in midfield, but also likes to launch forward and is strong in the transition from defence to attack.
Bielik has two appearances to his name for the U16 Poland youth international team but just five for Legia Warsaw.
Should we buy?
If Arsenal can manage to secure the highly-rated youngster Bielik will certainly be one to keep an eye on but will be some time from cracking into the first team. The Gunners need a few more powerful central midfielders to come through the ranks and supplement many of our young attacking and defensive talents.
For £1.6m you can’t really go wrong can you?
Rumour Rater: 3/5
1 – Never going to happen
2 – Unlikely
3 – Could be possible
4 – Likely
5 – Done deal
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