Arsenal Bid For Wonderkid Rejected: Polish Club Demand More Money For Teenage Defensive Midfielder

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Gunners rebuffed with early offer for giant youngster.

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Arsenal’s opening bid for Polish teenager Krystian Bielik has been rejected by Legia Warsaw, according to Eurosport Poland.

The Gunners have been linked with the 16-year-old for many months and the Emirates Stadium remains one of his most likely destinations.

However, Bielik to Arsenal is no longer considered a certainty. That is because Legia have received interest from another top European club.

Serie A giants AS Roma are said to be keen on the wonderkid, who, despite his age, is very tall – 6ft 2in to be precise.

Legia now look set to use Roma’s interest to ramp up their transfer fee demands.

Bielik is believed to prefer a move to Arsenal and he has already spoken to manager Arsene Wenger during a trip to England.

He could join the Gunners as soon as January, but he would be unlikely to become a first-team player this season.

However, Bielik has already played five Ekstraklasa games and appeared as a substitute in the Europa League for Legia.

Arsenal’s current squad includes Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. The Gunners also have Lukas Podolski – a German international who was born in Poland.

Roma have a Polish goalkeeper too – Lukasz Skorupski.

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