Derby County midfielder Krystian Bielik is set to complete a permanent switch to Championship side Birmingham City, as confirmed by journalist John Percy.
The Polish international is due to complete the move this week after the two clubs agreed on a fee for the midfielder, following an impressive loan sell last season.
Who is Krystian Bielik?
The 25-year-old moved to England in 2015, completing a £2 million switch from Polish side Legia Warszawa. He had a series of EFL loans, including a stint with Birmingham, before completing an £8 million move to the Rams in August 2019.
Last season, Bielik made 37 appearances in all competitions, contributing to two goals. He also made four additional appearances for his native Poland in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Promotion is the aim
Derby County suffered a frustrating end to the 2022/23 season, missing out on the final play-off place on the final day of the season. Derby lost to Sheffield Wednesday whilst Peterborough beat Barnsley.
Therefore, Paul Warne will be desperate to go one better next season, despite the departure of top scorer David McGoldrick to League Two side Notts County.
What’s been said?
According to journalist John Percy, Birmingham are close to landing their number one target this summer. He released a tweet stating…
‘Birmingham are set to complete the permanent signing of #dcfc midfielder Krystian Bielik. Medical on Wednesday. Deal works for both clubs – #bcfc manager John Eustace regards Bielik as a crucial signing while Derby receive a fee & remove his big wages (1yr left on contract)’
Bielik impressed at St Andrews last season and it is no surprise that the club were so keen to extend his stay permanently at the Championship side.
Derby are losing a big player but they will also be saving a significant amount on wages, which can be better spent ahead of the 2023/24 League One season.