According to a report in the Polish media, Unai Emery does not see a role for Krystian Bielik in his team, as AC Milan sniff around yet another Arsenal player this summer.
The 21 year old had an impressive European U21 Championships, and is now taking holidays after helping Charlton to promotion to the Championship from League One.
Przeglad Sportowy say that contact between Milan and Bielik’s agent, Cezary Kucharski, has been ongoing for some time but was put on hold due to changes at the club in terms of executives and the head coach. Bielik also has offers from clubs in the Championship, Holland and elsewhere in Italy.
The player himself made it clear this summer that he is not interested in U23 football next season, saying, “My future is unknown but there is one thing I can say for sure: I will definitely not go back to Arsenal U23 team.
“At this stage it wouldn’t make sense. If I do not receive the possibility to join the first team permanently, I will have to look for other solutions.
“I feel like a senior player now so I want to play senior football.”
Apparently Arsenal have informed the agent that although they don’t want to use him next season, they would sanction another loan deal, and with two years left on his current deal they can sell from a position of relative strength.
Of course this is a club which has demonstrated a serious flaws when it comes to selling players, and the information in the story appears to be coming from Kucharski who will certainly have his own priorities when it comes to Bielik’s future.
Whether or not Emery likes the player will become evident over the summer. His absence from the US tour would give us a bit of a hint.
While Reiss Nelson was also away at the same tournament, he appears to be back in action, so let’s see if Bielik hooks up with the squad in the US or beforehand.
Thanks to Jakub Molenda for the heads-up.