The Telegraph is reporting that Arsene Wenger is weighing up a £22 million bid for Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak.
Wenger sent his scouts to watch Sevilla take on Barcelona in the European Super Cup Tuesday evening in Tbilisi, Georgia. Barcelona won 5-4 in extra time thanks to what could be Pedro’s last goal for the Blaugrana.
Arsenal has been monitoring Krychowiak for 18 months and are considering bring him in to compete with Francis Coquelin. The Polish international has a £21.26 million release clause in his contract and it is believed that he is open to a move to the Premier League.
After Arsenal’s loss to West Ham, Wenger ruled out making any panic buys. The poor result against West Ham had nothing to do with a lack of recruitments. The team simply played poorly after they had a perfect pre-season. They started the 2013/2014 season off similarly and were top of the table by December.
The addition of Krychowiak would be a little surprising but not a shock. Arsenal have been consistently linked with numerous defensive midfielders over the past 18 months. If Krychowiak were to come in, you would expect Mathieu Flamini to leave.
Flamini had been consistently linked with a move to Galatasaray at the end of July but it seems that the deal to bring the Frenchman to the Turkish club fell through at the last minute.
Krychowiak would certainly add depth the squad and fortify the defensive midfield position as a source of strength in the team. It would do nothing to add to the attacking options available to Arsenal at the moment though.
Arsenal’s bench against West Ham was notably thin on attacking players thanks to injuries to Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere, and Tomas Rosicky. If Arsenal is to bring anyone in before the transfer window closes, it is likely to be an attacking player.