Former Southampton midfielder Kamil Kosowski urges Krystian Bielik to sign for Arsenal

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Krystian Bielik is in talks to sign for Arsenal over the January transfer window.

The 16-year-old is currently Polish football's hottest prospect, and Arsenal are looking to secure his services at the turn of the year.

Likened to Gunners legend Patrick Viera, the youngster will travel to the Emirates over the Christmas period to examine Arsenal’s facilities, and watch their Premier League tie with QPR. Talks are said to already be at an advanced stage, although Legia Warsaw’s club president doesn’t expect the midfielder to leave Poland for the next two years at least.

However, the youngster is still a big target for the North London club, and, whilst they may not be able to offer the same amount of first-team football as he currently receives in Poland, the training facilities at the Emirates are second-to-none, and head coach Arsene Wenger has a proven track record in developing young players into world class stars.

On the subject of Bielik’s move to Arsenal, 52-capped Polish midfielder Kamil Kosowski was asked to give his opinion in an interview with Katowicki Sport, and the 37-year-old feels as if the youngster must make the move at his young age, as it will be the difference between him becoming a star - or just another player.

The former Southampton man said: “If I were in his place I wouldn't even take a minute to think. He has to take the chance! Sixteen years old is not the age to be afraid to leave. Lets look at Wojciech Szczęsny, at the same age he moved to London.

“He has to decide whether he will be a star or just a solid player.”

Whilst Legia’s president feels as if the youngster should wait until he is at least 18 before leaving the club - and preferably not until he is 20 - Kosowski feels as if the Bielik’s current age of 16 is optimal in his development if he intends to become a world class player.

He added: “Twenty years old is too late for a player to learn everything which allows him to fulfil his potential. The most optimal age is between sixteen and nineteen years old, if you get an offer then, there is nothing to think about.”

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