ARSENAL’S £10million-rated, forgotten starlet Krystian Bielik is wanted by new Derby boss Phillip Cocu.
The Poland Under-21 centre-back or midfield anchorman would surely grasp any chance of Premier League football after failing to play a single senior game for the Gunners since arriving from Legia Warsaw in 2015.
And the BBC say the newly-promoted Rams are after the 21-year-old, plus a loan deal for Brighton’s new central defender Matthew Clarke, 22.
Derby would almost certainly need to pay a club record fee to land ex-Birmingham and Charlton loanee Bielik.
And Polish outlet Sportowe Fakty today claimed Arsenal are holding firm for an eight-figure fee amid strong interest from Championship teams as well as the club Frank Lampard took up before returning to Chelsea as boss.
Derby’s play-off rivals West Brom plus fellow promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough have been linked with Bielik.
But Brentford are also said to be keen on a player who impressed when helping Charlton return to the Championship for this term via the play-offs.
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Bielik’s only previous club Legia will make around £3m if he is sold on.
And earlier in the summer SunSport revealed Emirates chiefs have made it clear he does not fit into the playing style of
manager Unai Emery.
Yet the Gunners want a hefty profit on their £2.2m signing, who has also attracted interest from Italy, Belgium and Holland.