Reports: Arsenal Considering £22m Defensive-Midfield Transfer

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Arsenal have revived their interest in Sevilla’s defensive midfielder Gregorz Krychowiak, according to The Telegraph.

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The reports state that Arsenal sent a delegation to watch the Polish international in Tbilisi, as he filled in at centre-defence for the Europa League champions in their dramatic 5-4 defeat to Barcelona in the UEFA Supercup.

Krychowiak, who has been linked with Arsenal for the past 18 months, is said to be open to a move to the Premier League and is represented by the same sports agency as Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart and former Tottenham Hotspur ace Gareth Bale.

However, The Evening Standard suggests that interest in Krychowiak comes directly from the board and back room staff- with Arsene Wenger reluctant to fork out the €30m (£21.86m) required to trigger a release clause.

Arsenal currently have Francis Coquelin as their first-choice defensive midfielder after a spectacular second-half to the last season but the French midfielder struggled in the opening Premier League game of this year, where the Gunners lost 2-0 to West Ham.

Captain Mikel Arteta is still in the squad but doesn’t have the legs to play on a regular basis, whilst Mathieu Flamini has been told he is surplus to requirements in North London.

Bringing Krychowiak into the squad would give Arsenal valuable depth in the midfield and increase the side’s chances of lifting the Premier League title, though the final piece of the jigsaw will still be a world-class centre-forward.

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