Hamburg confident of beating Arsenal to Bielik

The 17-year-old midfielder is one of Arsene Wenger's top January targets but he paid a visit to the Bundesliga club, who want to capitalise on the Gunners' rejected bids
By Peter O'Rourke

Hamburg are optimistic of beating Arsenal to the signature of highly rated Polish teenager Krystian Bielik.

The Gunners are pushing forward in their bid for the Legia Warsaw starlet, with deal-fixer Dick Law travelling to Warsaw for further talks on Tuesday.

They have already seen two bids rejected for the midfielder, who is among their top targets for the January window, but sources close to the Polish club say that Legia are frustrated with how far away Arsenal's offers are from their €3.2 million asking price.

And Hamburg are now hopeful of getting a deal done first, with coach Josef Zinnbauer happy after Bielik visited the Bundesliga club with a view to a move.

"Of course Arsenal are also interested but I don't think he is bluffing [about being interested in us]," Zinnbauer told Kicker. "Otherwise he didn't need to come to Hamburg.

"He is a really good boy who has very good build-up play. He would fit in perfectly with our philosophy."

Peter Knabel, Hamburg's sporting director, confirmed that the teenager had made the trip to Germany but warned that "there is some good competition out there for him".

Goal understands that Roma are also tracking the midfielder.