Krystian Bielik is set to join Derby County for £10m, turning down two offers from Italy, according to reports in Poland.
Adam Godlewski reports that Arsenal had two offers for Bielik from Italy, one for €4m and one for €7m, as well as plenty of Championship clubs interested. However, it appears Derby County have won the race for a sum of around £10m.
Arsenal won’t quite receive the full £10m, as previous reports suggest they’ll have to pay €500k to Bielik’s former club Legia Warsaw.
AC Milan have been linked with Bielik in the past, so it’s likely they were one of the two bids from Italy. Knowing Ivan Gazidis, they probably offered the €4m.
Bielik impressed on loan in League One last season, making 34 appearances as Charlton achieved promotion. The problem is that impressing in League One isn’t exactly difficult for a talented player in their twenties, and he suffered from a number of injury issues.
The Poland u21 international found himself in a no-win situation, where even playing well in a team achieving promotion wasn’t enough to propel him into Unai Emery’s squad.
£10m would be a good fee for the player, especially if Arsenal get any kind of sell-on clause in his contract.