Arsenal are close to selling versatile youngster Krystian Bielik to Championship club Derby County, according to the Daily Telegraph.
They report that the Rams are set to break their transfer record to land the Pole for a fee in the region of £9.5 million, after it became clear he didn’t have a genuine future at the Emirates Stadium.
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal live to regret that deal – which they could if Bielik continues to improve the way he has been – but it should boost their transfer budget.
In a window where they have been trying to do deals as cheaply as they can, structured in a way that suits them, having an extra almost £10 million in the bank could be a great help to Unai Emery.
The Daily Mail recently reported that the Gunners were more confident of getting a deal for Kieran Tierney over the line after restructuring the payments to Celtic.
But if Emery was armed with an extra £10 million, he could likely swing the deal back his way more quickly and bring the lengthy transfer saga to an end.
While keeping Bielik might have provided Emery with a bonus option in defence and midfield if he continued to improve, selling him may well give Arsenal the cash injection they needed to get a long-term target to the club before the window slams shut.