Arsenal youngster Krystian Bielik has attracted the interest of last season’s Championship play-off finalists Derby County, according to DerbyshireLive.
There is said to be interest from clubs in Italy and England for Bielik’s services, as he comes off the back of helping Charlton Athletic get promoted to the Championship.
However, according to journalist Adam Godlewski, Derby County have won the race to sign the 21-year-old for a reported £10m.
Reports linking Bielik with a move away from Arsenal come as no surprise as reports earlier in the summer claimed that manager Unai Emery (per the Daily Star) told him he wasn’t part of his plans for next season. The North London giants are said to want £10m (per Sportowe Fakty) for the youngster, which could mean the reports from Poland hold some weight.
Emery’s side do have options in both defence and midfield, potentially making a move away from Arsenal the best option for Bielik. Calum Chambers and Rob Holding are returning from a loan spell at Fulham and injury respectively. Indeed, with the likes of Sokratis Papastathopoulos at the club, and reports from the Independent that Zech Medley has been promoted to the first-team squad, Bielik may be disposable.
Considering his lack of first-team involvement over the last few years, Arsenal should sell the youngster and reinvest the money in buying a centre-back, which BBC journalist David Ornstein says the club are still looking to sign.
Moving Bielik on benefits Arsenal, as they will get some money to use in the final days of the transfer window and with options already at the club, there are more than enough players to deal with the potential loss.
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