Spanish press: Southampton battle Arsenal for Krychowiak, €12m bid 'rejected immediately'

Southampton have reportedly had a bid rejected for Sevilla's Grzegorz Krychowiak.

According to Sevilla-based ABC de Sevilla, Southampton have had a €12m bid rejected for Sevilla's Polish international Grzegorz Krychowiak.

The Saints are preparing for their maiden Europa League campaign this summer, with manager Ronald Koeman no doubt keen to strengthen his squad.

With doubts over the future of French international Morgan Schneiderlin as Manchester United line up a move according to the Daily Mail, Koeman may be looking for midfielders to replace his star man if he does leave - and it seems that Krychowiak is one of his targets.

The 25-year-old only joined Sevilla from French side Reims last summer, but has quickly established himself as one of the top midfielders in La Liga, even playing a key role as Sevilla retained their Europa League crown.

Now, speculation surrounds the Pole's future after a superb campaign, with ABC suggesting that Southampton submitted a €12m offer for the defensive midfielder - only for Sevilla to 'immediately reject' the bid, citing that it was nowhere near enough to prise the player away from Andalusia.

The report also states that Arsenal are keen on the player as an alternative to the aforementioned Schneiderlin, and are willing to pay more than the €12m offered by Southampton.

The Saints and Koeman could yet return with another bid, but the fact that Sevilla laughed the bid off almost instantly suggests that will have to increase their bid heavily in order to land Krychowiak this summer.

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