Arsene Wenger pushing through January move for Arsenal-linked Krystian Bielik

Legia Warsaw

Krystian Bielik is keen on securing his transfer to Arsenal in January, having met with Arsene Wenger, Wojciech Szczesny and Lukas Podolski.

The trio of current Gunners met the young Polish midfielder as he visited the Emirates Stadium on a visit from his homeland, a visit that will also see him watch Arsenal's home game with QPR on Boxing Day.

With a reported £1.5 million deal all but completed for the 16-year-old ‘new Patrick Viera’, it is said that the only agreement to be concluded is whether he joins the North London club in January, or next summer, when he will be given more time to settle in England with his family.

The youngster's parents were pushing for a move in the summer, with that option being easier for them to uproot their lives as they head to the English capital, whilst the officials of current club Legia Warsaw are similarly against a January switch. Head coach Henning Berg wants his star talent to remain in Poland, becoming a key part of the side despite making just five appearances, while club president Boguslaw Lesnodorski was adamant that no deal would go through when pressed a couple of weeks ago.

However, the meeting with the three Arsenal men seems to have swayed Bielik’s decision, with Sport.pl reporting that the youngster is now keen on pushing through the deal at the turn of the new year having been promised a place in the Gunners first-team by head coach Wenger. Paraphrased in the report, the Frenchman reportedly said to Bielik: “I see a lot of potential in you. Age is not important, you'll get a chance.”

Szczesny and Podolski - both of Polish birth - are also said to have convinced the midfielder to switch Legia for Arsenal, with the goalkeeper sharing his experiences of moving to North London as a 16-year-old, with his transfer from Legia to Arsenal mirroring that which Bielik is now expected to experience in the coming weeks.

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