The transfer window rumour mill has been in full force this week with the latest reports suggesting that Arsenal were about to sign midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak from Sevilla.
When asked if he was looking to add the €30m player to his ranks, the Gunners boss replied with an emphatic: “No.” However, Arsenal’s scouts were present at last week’s UEFA Super Cup final in Tbilisi.
Deal would fit Sevilla’s business model
To add weight to Wenger’s denial, the Spanish club have also stated that they have yet to receive any contact about the Polish international. The player has a €30m release clause in his contract and the club from Andalucía has hinted that they will resist any approach as they are keen to retain the services of the 25-year-old for the coming campaign.
However, having paid French club Reims just €4.5m for the player a little over a year ago, a quick profit of over €25m would certainly fit the business model of Sevilla’s Director of Football, Ramón ‘Monchi’ Rodriguez.
So if an Arsenal bid did materialise, it would make sense for one of Europe’s most notorious selling clubs to cash-in.
Reaction to opening day defeat
Although representatives from Arsenal have been monitoring the player’s situation, the rumours of an imminent deal were further accelerated following the North Londoner’s home defeat to West Ham last weekend.
As if often the situation in the modern game, a poor defeat results in a dissection of the performance and a call for reinforcements. The French coach did admit that: “We are focused on strengthening our squad,” but he admitted that there was a lack of availability.
The admission that the club is still interested in recruiting more players has led many to believe that a bid for Krychowiak is imminent.
A perfect fit for the Gunners?
In recent years, Arsenal fiercest critics have often pointed to the lack of tough, dynamic, all-action midfielder who can defend and attack with equal ferocity. If there is one in-form player in Europe that perfectly fits that description – it’s Krychowiak.
Having recently addressed another problem area by signing a highly-rated goalkeeper, it would make sense for Arsenal to recruit a dominant midfielder who can complement the abundance of flair players in the team.
In that respect – the deal makes perfect sense.
Krychowiak was one of Sevilla’s star performers in last Tuesday night’s UEFA Super Cup defeat to Barcelona. Despite the valiant efforts of the Pole and his teammates, they eventually went down 5-4 after extra-time thanks to a late winner from unsettled Barca striker Pedro.
It was revealed later that the defensive midfielder had broken a rib during the game and would be out for an unspecified amount of time. Although the injury is not thought to be serious, it may be one reason why Arsenal are holding off on making a bid.
Jack Wilshere is currently out with a back injury and the Gunners won’t want to rush into a deal for another high-value player who could be missing for several weeks.
Of course, another defeat in the Premier League this weekend could drastically change the situation and set the cogs in motion once again.
Written by Neil Morris
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