Derby County have reportedly reached an agreement with Arsenal for the transfer of Polish youngster Krystian Bielik, according to The Telegraph.
The fee is said to have met Arsenal’s original £10 million valuation of the player, and though some of the fees may come via installments, Bielek looks set to become Derby County’s club-record signing. The midfielder is set for a medical tomorrow so the move could be completed and confirmed by Thursday evening.
The highly-rated defensive midfielder – who can also operate at the centre back position – thrived last season on loan at Charlton Athletic, achieving promotion to the Championship via the playoffs. Bielik was reportedly being monitored by a handful of Championship clubs such as West Brom, Middlesborough, and Brentford but many were put off by Arsenal’s whopping double-figure price tag demand.
Joining The Gunners back in 2015 from Legia Warsaw for a fee believed to be around £2.5 million, the Pole has been loaned out consistently to the lower divisions, pulling on the shirt of Birmingham City, Walsall, and Charlton across the past two years. Despite never having made a first-team appearance for Arsenal, he’s been highly rated as a promising talent at the Emirates. This, alongside consistently performing on loan at The Valley last season as well as the absurdity of the transfer market currently, has forced Derby to break their record fee for his signature.
Although currently, the fee may seem excessive for a player who’s only had one good season at League One level, Bielik is still only 21 and has potentially another decade and a half of development ahead of him, in which time he could live up to his price tag and become an even better player.