Arsene Wenger has turned his attention to Spain for a solution to his defensive midfield problems, with Sevilla’s Grzegorz Kychowiak as one possible target according to Daily Star.
The 24-year old Polish midfielder has spent the majority of his career in France with Bordeaux, Rennes and Nantes, being impressive enough to warrant the Andalusian club to pay €4m for his services in July. He featured in the UEFA Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, playing the whole duration of the game. Krychowiak also plays as a central defender when required, as he possesses the physical attributes in body mass to provide a shield to temmates and a stumble to the opposition.
Arsenal scouts watched Krychowiak put in a commanding display in Poland’s recent 2 – 0 victory over Germany in Euro Qualifying and in that regard, there may be a real motivation to make an appraoch for him. He won’t come cheap though as he has a £24 million buy out clause in his contract.
Wenger has kept faith with the duo of Mikel Arteta and Mattieu Flamini as his defensive midfilders having decided against bringing one in the summer. Fans and pundits have seen this as a mistake on the manager’s part as none have shown any ability to perform in that hugely demanding role.
While speculation keeps skying high over the transactions for Sami Khedira, Wenger has now turned to Krychowiak as a stand-by solution should nothing substantial proceed from the talks with Madrid for Khedira. The Spanish giants appear willing to cash in as Khedira apparently has refused a new deal but talks over a fee seem to still encumber the deal.
Wenger may have looked to the Pole due to the fact that he’s had his formation in France. Though born in Poland, Krychowiak began his career with Bordeaux in 2008 but could not get much in terms of first team action, joining Reims on loan the following year where he amassed 54 league games in Ligue 2 over two seasons. After another spell with Nantes, he was finally sold to Reims from where he has made the move to Sevilla this season.
It is not certain that Wenger will sign a defensive midfielder in the summer if his words about making conversions with Diaby is anything to go by. For many, Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin remains the perfect target for us. However, Wenger seems to know the football world a bit more than the average Gooner and may have something up his sleeve.
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