ESPN FC is running with the news that reigning Ekstraklasa champions Legia Warsaw has allowed their 17 year-old defensive midfielder, Krystian Bielik, to travel to London today for a medical with Arsenal that could become the Gunners' first purchase of the January transfer window:
BREAKING NEWS: Legia Warsaw announce defensive midfielder Krystian Bielik will arrive in London on Friday for a medical at Arsenal. #afc— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 15, 2015
If this move goes through, Arsenal will have beaten Hamburg and a few other Bundesliga clubs to Bielik's signature, as interest in the teenager seemed to grow exponentially over the past few weeks. The news is good, assuming a deal is completed, from the standpoint that Arsene Wenger and the club appears to have discovered and moved quickly for a holding midfielder they feel they can slowly embed into the fabric of the club and, eventually, the first team.
But what this move is not is an immediate solution to Arsenal's current holding midfielder woes. Bielik just turned 17 earlier this month, has six total appearances for Legia Warsaw this season, and hasn't scratched past Poland's U17s.
Much like other moves Wenger's made for youth players in past Januarys, Bielik's simply one for the future. Whether Wenger can complete a move this month for a holding midfielder that's capable of filling in, and eventually replacing, Mikel Arteta, still remains murky at best.
Update, 9:54am CST: Quotes from Bielik are now up on Legia Warsaw's website:
"I'm going to London to fulfill my dreams. I hope I will become an Arsenal player soon."