Arsenal came close to signing Liverpool starlet Mateusz Musialowski, it has been revealed.
The 17-year-old is already making his presence known at Liverpool having joined from Polish side SMS Lodz last summer, playing for the club’s under-18s and scoring in the FA Youth Cup just over a week ago.
But it could have been different had Arsenal pulled off a deal with the Gunners spotting Musialowski’s talent during the winger’s time in his home country, Poland.
“When Musialowski played at Rakow Czestochowa, he drew some big club’s attention,” Polish-based Liverpool supporter Karolina Kurek told the Liverpool ECHO as part of their Academy Show podcast from Blood Red.
“He was involved in a Legia Warsaw football training camp but his parents weren’t sure about the move to Warsaw.
“They chose SMS Lodz instead that’s because he could commute to Lodz twice a week for training and then for the third time for a weekend’s match.
“In Warsaw, it was out of the question – he would have to move in – so basically his parents had an influence on his first steps.
“There were later many indications that he would go to Arsenal, where he was tested on a few occasions but their academy coaches weren’t sure whether to sign him or not.
“Maybe they were waiting too long because Stellar Group (football agency) stepped in and sent him to Liverpool.”
Speaking about Musialowski’s upbringing and talent, Kurek added: “When Musialowski was nine years old, he switched from Ajaks Czestochowa to Rakow Czestochowa and his coach was not happy about it.
“Rakow Czestochowa is a good team in Poland – they play in the first division – but this team is always taking the youngest stars!
“Musialowski played there as a winger and a coach of his, Mariusz Solecki, said that not only did he win the player of the tournament, but was the top goalscorer.
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“In 88 matches, he scored 133 goals! He can play in any offensive position and is very good at dribbling, but he still has to put work into his defensive ability.
“When he moved to SMS Lodz, his coach first played him as a winger then switched his position to number 10 and then number nine.
“Lodz are well-known for working with youngsters and they are really well-regarded as a football team – they always have players that can play professional football.”