After an impressive season with Charlton during which the Addicks claimed promotion to the Championship, Krystian Bielik could be set for a new challenge.
According to Polish publication Przeglad Sportowy, the 21-year-old defensive player is a target for Italian giants AC Milan who are set to show Arsenal an ‘attractive offer’ for the youngster to prize him away from north London.
However, the report lays out that Bielik would be worried about his amount of first-team football for the Serie A side, who were recently banned from next season’s Europa League final due to breaching Financial Fair Play regulations per BBC Sport.
As well as impressing for Charlton, with manager Lee Bowyer calling the youngster an ‘exceptional player’ as per Football London, Bielik impressed for his nation in this summer’s U21 tournament out in Italy.
There, the Arsenal youngster completed the most successful tackles during the competition with 23, as well as placing in the top 10 for blocks and interceptions made with 7 and 6 respectively as per the Przeglad Sportowy report.
The Sun reported last month that Bielik had caught the eye of teams across Europe and that if he was not guaranteed first-team football for next season, he will be open to leaving Arsenal this summer.
The player himself even said to reporters via Football London that he would not go back to playing youth football in north London, saying: “My future is unknown but there is one thing I can say for sure: I will definitely not go back to Arsenal U23 team. At this stage, it wouldn’t make sense. If I do not receive the possibility to join the first team permanently, I will have to look for other solutions.”
In Bielik’s case – considering his impact for both Charlton and his country – the Gunners could be about to lose an impressive talent without ever giving him much of a chance in the first-team, having appeared in the first-team for just 33 minutes (Transfermarkt) during his time there.
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