Bielik travelled over to England during the Christmas break in Polish league football to visit the Emirates Stadium and meet with Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal playing squad.
Having been scouted for many months, and in contact with representatives of the North London club since November, it is widely expected the 17-year-old midfielder will complete a switch to the Gunners over the month of January. Having registered just a handful of professional appearances for Legia since signing for €50,000 from Lech Poznan, the youngster - who has been likened to Gunners icon Patrick Vieira - should be available for a low fee, but clearly Arsenal have undervalued Legia’s prize asset - having had their first offer rejected.
As reported by Legia.Sport, the Gunners submitted a €2 million offer for Bielik, which was quickly rejected by the Polish champions. They have since submitted a second offer, but, as of yet, no decision has been made regarding the outcome of this deal.
The report indicates that the North London club submitted a deal constituting of €1 million up front, with a further €1 million reliant upon appearances made in the Arsenal first-team. However, Legia have outlined their demands, asking for €3 million up front, or €2.5 million up front, with a further €1 million when bonuses are included.
Bielik himself is confident that the deal will go through, being quoted as saying the first offer is always reject for any player. He said: “I'd like to go, but on the other hand, approach it calmly.
“But the clubs have agreed nothing yet. Nothing is signed.
“I heard that the Legion [Legia] has rejected Arsenal, but apparently the first offer is always rejected.”
It seems as if Arsene Wenger’s side are close to matching the value desired by Legia, and, if Bielik has truly shown the promise that could see him become the new Patrick Vieira, there is no doubt that the Gunners will go the further distance to secure their highly-wanted target.