Arsenal are reportedly preparing a bid for highly rated Polish midfielder Krystian Bielik of Legia Warsaw, after the 16-year-old impressed scouts sent to watch him in action over the past couple of weeks.
According to reports in Poland, the Gunners could snap the holding midfielder up as part of a £2 million deal for the player this January.
Dubbed the 'new Patrick Vieira' in some quarters, Bielik has garnered praise in his homeland for a series of excellent attacking displays that have highlighted fine technical ability and confidence on the ball.
And that has been enough to convince those behind the scenes at Arsenal that the midfielder is the right kind of fit for the north London club.
Capped by Poland at Under-16 level, the youngster has been tipped up for a big future in the game and could follow in the footsteps of fellow countryman Wojciech Szczesny in making a move from Legia Warsaw to the Gunners.
The Poland international goalkeeper joined the Premier League outfit at a similar age, having spent just a year on the books of Legia.
It remains to be seen as to whether Bielik is seen as an immediate solution to Arsenal’s current midfield issues, with the Gunners thought to be in the market for a world-class holding midfielder fitting the young Pole’s description.
Real Madrid star Sami Khedira has long been linked with a move to the Emirates, although the club could yet face competition from Manchester City for the World Cup winner.
Bielik is one of a number of young talents currently thriving at Legia Warsaw under manager Henning Berg, with the Polish club already in the hat for the knockout stage draw of the Europa League.
You can take a look at Bielik in action below – how does he compare to Vieira?