Arsene Wenger is prepared to fork out the £24 million required to sign Sevilla's midfield enforcer Grzegorz Krychowiak in the January transfer window, reports The Express.
Mathieu Flamini has been criticised for his failure to protect a makeshift Arsenal defence and Mikel Arteta has struggled with injury all season. As a result, the defensive midfield position has been cited as a major cause for Arsenal's failure to keep pace with Chelsea in the Premier League.
A physical presence was reportedly on the top of Wenger's wish list going in to the summer but priorities quickly moved to signing Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona and finding a replacement for Bacary Sagna. Having spent time commentating at the World Cup, Wenger eventually ran out of time as the summer transfer window slammed shut with no new midfielders arriving.
Borussia Dortmund interest
Now the Arsenal boss is ready to spend big to rectify his failures and will offer Sevilla the full £24 million required to activate Krychowiak's release clause. The offer would see the deal go through swiftly and should also blow Borussia Dortmund out of the water.
Jurgen Klopp is also interested in the 24-year-old but Dortmund's tight budget means they are, at the moment, only willing to go up to £18 million. That makes the Emirates Stadium a likely destination for the Polish international.
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At six foot, one inch, Krychowiak cuts an imposing figure in central midfield. According to Whoscored.com he averages an impressive 3.6 tackes every game in La Liga and 3.1 interceptions. That, impressively, is higher than Barcelona star Javier Mascherano, who is widely considered to be one of the best defensive midfielders in the world.
Wenger himself has recently admitted a need for a more physical presence in the Arsenal midfield but he could be made to wait until the summer after confirming a new centre-back will be his priority in January.
With Arsenal reportedly handing him a budget of £20 million, it means a deal for the Polish international could be off the table until the end of the season when more money will be made available for transfers.