Arsene Wenger confirms Arsenal interest in Krystian Bielik, but admits deal is long way off

Arsenal cannot agree a fee with Legia Warsaw for the services of the teenager.

Arsenal may be being linked with plenty of big names at the moment but that does not mean that Arsene Wenger has taken his finger off the pulse in regards to bringing in young talent.

One such player is believed to be young Polish midfielder Krystian Bielik. The 16-year-old joined up with Legia Warsaw from Lech Poznan this summer and has already played in the Polish Estraklasa.

It was recently reported that the deal was as good as done. Reports claimed that Arsenal had made a €2 million offer for the teenager and that his parents have given him their blessing to make a move to London.

Arsenal are prepared to offer him a three year deal at the club, knowing that he will either be a first-team hopeful by the end of that tenure or a risk that did not pay off. Indeed it has been confirmed by the player himself that a deal has been agreed between him and the club.

However the two teams are not getting on so well.

Arsenal have had a number of bids for the player rejected already. It was reported in Legia Sport that Arsenal had failed to meet the asking price for the player and that would appear to remain the case.

But today saw Arsene Wenger publicly announce his intention to make a move for the player.

Speaking in his weekly press conference he addressed several rumours, including links with the likes of Loic Perrin, Petr Cech and Isco. He remained dismissive on those ideas, but more open to discussion on Bielik:

"He is a young boy that we follow, yes. You see I gave you some information! We are not very close at the moment [to an agreement]."

So it would appear that despite a desire on Arsenal's part to get this deal done it is still some way from completion.

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