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Arsenal line up £22million bid for Grzegorz Krychowiak

John Percy

Published 12/08/2015 | 08:49

Sevillas Grzegorz Krychowiak, left, stops with his face a shot at goal from Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, right, during the UEFA Super Cup soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena stadium, in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Sevillas Grzegorz Krychowiak, left, stops with his face a shot at goal from Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, right, during the UEFA Super Cup soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena stadium, in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Arsène Wenger is weighing up a £22 million bid for Grzegorz Krychowiak after Arsenal scouts flew out to watch the Sevilla midfielder on Tuesday.

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Krychowiak is emerging as a serious target for the Arsenal manager as he considers making further additions before the transfer window closes on Sept 1.

An Arsenal delegation attended Sevilla’s Super Cup clash with Barcelona to watch the Poland international, who has a buy-out clause of €30 million (£21.26 million) at the Europa League winners.

Arsenal have maintained a consistent interest in Krychowiak over the past 18 months and Wenger is looking to bring in another defensive midfielder to rival Francis Coquelin.

The 25-year-old joined the Stellar Group agency, who look after Joe Hart and Gareth Bale, earlier this summer and is believed to be open to the prospect of joining a Premier League club competing in the Champions League.

Petr Cech is the only major recruit made by Arsenal this summer, the Czech goalkeeper having joined in a £10 million deal from Chelsea, and Wenger refused to rule out making more signings after the shock home defeat by West Ham on Sunday.

Krychowiak’s contract situation leaves Sevilla powerless if a club trigger the buy-out clause and Arsenal considered making a move in the January transfer window.

But Wenger may now step up his interest in the former Bordeaux and Reims midfielder, who started the game against Barcelona in Tbilisi.

Barcelona's Luis Suarez (R) and Sevilla's Grzegorz Krychowiak look at the ball during their UEFA Super Cup soccer match at Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi, Georgia, August 11, 2015. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
Barcelona's Luis Suarez (R) and Sevilla's Grzegorz Krychowiak look at the ball during their UEFA Super Cup soccer match at Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi, Georgia, August 11, 2015. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

Karim Benzema, the Real Madrid forward, is another player to have been frequently scouted by Arsenal scouts and he could become the club’s record signing.

However, Kaka has insisted Arsenal will find it incredibly difficult to sign the France international.

“I think Benzema is one of the best forwards at this moment so I don’t think Real Madrid will give him away so easily,” he said on Talksport. “But Karim Benzema is a very good player and if he can have the opportunity to go to Arsenal then Arsenal will take a very, very good player.”

Arsenal will play three more Premier League games before the transfer window closes, with trips to Crystal Palace and Newcastle United and a home clash against Liverpool.

Telegraph.co.uk

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