A defensive midfielder should be a top priority this summer, with Francis Coquelin currently carrying the burden all on his own. Sevilla star Grzegorz Krychowiak is apparently on our radar, and while there are likely to be problems prying him away, he would be the ideal signing, according to Graham Hunter via Sky Sports.
The Polish international has excelled since his move to the La Liga side, and helped Sevilla secure a Champions League spot through victory in the Europa League final.
Hunter insists that the 24-year-old would be the solution to our problems, and could prove to be exactly the kind of player we need in midfield. He isn’t confident of a deal being done however, as with Sevilla qualifying for the Champions League, looking more financially stable than they have in a while, and only having signed the former Ligue 1 star last summer, they are not going to be forced into selling.
“It’s [possible they might sell] Krychowiak, who has been there a season, they might double or treble their money after 12 months,” Hunter said.
“But, they have sold a huge amount of players in the last few seasons to make them an immense amount of money.
“They are guaranteed in the Champions League, their revenue streams have increased beyond all recognition and, because of that, they will not want to sell. They will no longer be the cash and carry for bigger clubs to come in with heavy budgets.
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“If Arsenal decide that this fierce, tough-tackling, clever, goal-scoring central-midfielder – who meets the criteria of what critics of Wenger have been saying Arsenal have needed for three four or five seasons – then yes, he would suit them.
“However, if they are to get him they will have to ram-raid Sevilla to convince them to part with him ahead of what is a Champions League season for the Andalusians.
“He’s the right player, but late timing coupled with a Sevilla side who are cash rich [could see him stay].”
Krychowiak has a £21.4m release clause (via the Metro), so if Arsene Wenger is willing to fork out that much then the decision will be taken out of Sevilla’s hands. The tough tackling midfielder would presumably find it difficult to turn down a move to a club the size of Arsenal, so it may only be a matter of stumping up the cash.
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Coquelin has shown that he’s more than capable of doing the job required in midfield, but we can’t expect him to play every game of the season. Competition could also inspire him to continue in his fine vein of form, so all the more reason to sign Krychowiak.