Arsenal have agreed to sign 17-year-old midfielder Krystian Bielik for a fee of around £2.4m from Legia Warsaw subject to a medical after a long, drawn out courtship.
Now it’s time to tear off the wrapping paper to see what Arsene Wenger has got for his dough.
Having played for the Legia first-team in a grand total of six competitive outings, four of which were substitute appearances, it’s fair to say the teenager won’t be bothering the first XI at the Emirates anytime soon.
However his showings for Poland’s successful Under-17 outfit have earned him comparisons to Gunners great Patrick Vieira.
A lanky looking 6ft 2in specimen Bielik has often been referred to as a defensive midfielder in the gossip columns in recent weeks.
The truth is that his showings for his national side paint him out to be more of a box-to-box operator, just as Vieira was.
Video footage shows a player with a languid looking yet precise range of long and short passing and feet quick enough to extricate himself from delicate situations in the middle of the park.
Another intriguing facet of his highlight reels is a clear desire to get forward, whether it be to the by-line or to get on the end of teammates’ centres.
Somewhat surprisingly given the billing he has received from tabloids keen to push Arsenal fans’ buttons, an abundance of tackling and interceptions are not evident in the available footage.
When he does attempt to win the ball Bielik shows and agreeable if slightly reckless full-bloodedness that is further evidenced in the fact that he has copped a brace of cautions for just 178 minutes of action the Polish Ekstraklasa this season.
Arsenal travel to the Etihad this Sunday where they can be backed at 19/20 to avoid defeat against the reigning champions for a third successive encounter.