Arsenal could have signed £23.5m target for free two years ago

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Grzegorz Krychowiak was target by Arsenal in 2012 - but went to Stade Reims instead.

Arsenal are said to be considering a move for a defensive midfielder this January, with plenty of names such as Sami Khedira, Christoph Kramer and William Carvalho all being mentioned.

Polish international Grzegorz Krychowiak is also believed to be a target. The Sevilla midfielder has been in good form recently and has attracted attention from The Gunners - despite only recently making the move to La Liga.

However, the player's agent Cezary Kucharski has revealed no approach for his client's services has been made - telling Estadio Deportivo:

"At the moment I have no contact with Arsenal in relation to Krychowiak. He is focused 100% on Sevilla and not thinking about any other club."

So this would appear to be one defensive midfielder target they can cross off the list for now.

Although it has broken this weekend that Arsenal may have a trump card in their pursuit of the Pole. The Sevilla midfielder reportedly has a release clause in his contract of around £23.5 million.

So if Arsenal truly want him, they now know how much they will have to spend to snap him up.

But that would be a huge amount of money, especially considering the fact Arsenal tried and failed to sign him for nothing back in 2012.

Back in 2012 he was a free agent as his contract at Bordeaux came to an end. Arsenal were credited with an interest for the then 22-year-old talent.

However he wanted first-team football. At Arsenal that was going to take a while while at Stade Reims he was far more likely to get plenty of regular football. So he decided to join the Ligue 1 newcomers - where he went on to have two fabulous seasons and earn a €4.5 million move to Sevilla.

So to sign him now for £23.5 million would represent a series of missed opportunities in the past from Arsenal.

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