According to The Sun, Arsenal are plotting a summer move for Sevilla’s Grzegorz Krychowiak - but face competition from incoming Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
The report claims Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants the holding midfielder in a £25 million deal this summer, but long-time admirer Guardiola is also eyeing the player as his first signing as City manager.
The Gunners have long been linked with the player, and many observers felt that the club would try and push through a January deal with Francis Coquelin ruled out of action through injury at the time
Yet, a deal for Krychowiak never materialised, and now Arsenal may live to regret their decision not to bolster their ranks as they see their Premier League title bid gradually fall away.
Krychowiak is widely-regarded as one of Sevilla’s best players, and one of La Liga’s outstanding holding midfielders as he averages an impressive 4.8 interceptions and 2.8 tackles per league encounter.
The £25 million asking price could be a snip for a player built for Premier League football, yet Arsenal face heavy competition for his signature with incoming City boss Guardiola reportedly a big fan.
The Sun claim that the Spanish boss sees the Poland international as the ideal defensive midfielder and centre-back cover for his City side, having monitored his progress for the past two seasons.
The Citizens will likely give Guardiola plenty of funds to take the club to the next level, and with his pedigree, the club could be the preferred destination for a number of Europe’s best talents - potentially including Krychowiak.