A host of Championship clubs have reportedly been alerted to Krystian Bielik’s situation. Bielik wants to leave Arsenal and several Championship sides are considering summer moves for him, according to The Telegraph.
Brentford, Derby County, Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion are four of the clubs mentioned in this report. All of them want Bielik to bolster their promotion credentials.
But Italian heavyweights AC Milan and a few Bundesliga clubs are also interested. The race is on for the Poland U21 star, who shone at the recent U21 European Championships.
Last season, Bielik was on loan at Charlton Athletic in League One. He impressed for the Addicks and played a key role in their promotion-winning campaign.
But he is ready to quit Arsenal if he does not receive first-team assurances. And with two years remaining on his current deal, Arsenal feel that this might be the best time to get rid of him permanently if he does not want to sign an extension.
Where should Bielik go?
Bielik should be given a chance by Unai Emery – at least in pre-season. Arsenal need at least one new centre-back and one holding midfielder; Bielik fits the profile for both roles.
If Emery still does not believe Bielik is good enough, it is time for him to move on permanently. AC Milan is an exciting project and Germany could offer Bielik a path to the top.
But the 21-year-old might fancy a move to the Championship. Brentford are assembling an exciting squad; Derby have just appointed Phillip Cocu; Middlesbrough will be aiming for promotion; West Brom are on the up after appointing Slaven Bilic. There are plenty of options for Bielik if he does decide to depart.