Arsenal could be set to miss out on Legia Warsaw prospect Krystian Bielik to Hamburg, according to Polish news outlet Sport.PL.
Bielik, 17, has been linked with a move to the Gunners for several weeks and was even invited to the club’s training ground over the Christmas period, following reports of an initial £1.6 million bid.
The emerging midfielder made it known last week that he wants a move to the Emirates Stadium but, with Legia since rebuffing both of Premier League club’s bids, it appears as though he could instead be heading for the Bundesliga.
Bielik and his agent visited Hamburg over the weekend for transfer talks and, after returning to Warsaw, Legia president Boguslaw Lesnodorski believes a deal could be concluded at some stage in the near future.
“Krystian has just returned from Germany. At this time, it's hard to say something new about his future,” he said.
“I expect that in the next few days all will be revealed. That's not to say that Krystian will certainly depart from us. This is not a foregone conclusion.
"He can go, but he can also be with us. He's a sensible and reasonable guy."
Nevertheless, with manager Arsene Wenger admitting interest in Bielik during his press conference last week, it seems doubtful that Arsenal will give up on their pursuit of his signature without a fight, and another meeting between the club and Legia is reported to be planned.
That could well prove the north London outfit’s last chance to make a deal happen, however, if Hamburg’s interest is as serious as recent developments seem to suggest.