BBC: Sven Mislintat taking over the signing of highly-rated defender

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Sven Mislintat’s team are scouting Sebastian Walukiewicz ahead of the January transfer window, according to a report.

Pogon Szczecin defender Walukiewicz is just 18 years old, but he’s reportedly already drawing the attention of some of Europe’s top clubs. Football.London write that Mislintat has identified the Polish u20 international as a potential addition to Unai Emery’s squad, but Barcelona and Southampton are also watching the youngster.

Walukiewicz has made 12 starts this campaign for Pogon Szczecin in the Polish first tier. Even though the league isn’t nearly as competitive as some of the best in Europe, for his age that’s still pretty impressive.

If Sven Mislintat is interested, that’s a good sign too. He brought Konstantinos Mavropanos to the Premier League from the Greek Superleague last season and, other than his recent injury problems, that seems to be going pretty well.

Meanwhile, Walukiewicz probably wouldn’t be particularly encouraged by the way Southampton are treating the last Polish defender to join their club. Jan Bednarek signed from Lech Poznan last summer, and he’s made just 12 appearances since then, four this season.

If Pogon Szczecin’s 6’2″ teenager is going somewhere to sit on the bench, it may as well be Barcelona or Arsenal, rather than Southampton. We’ll see if the defender does indeed end up moving on in January.

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