Grzegorz Krychowiak, who actually only transferred to current club Sevilla in July of last summer, has decided to switch from his Polish representatives to London-based agency Stellar Group, reports The Telegraph.
Whilst it is not unusual for a player with a growing reputation in the game to change his advisors, what is somewhat alluring in this particular instance is that Stellar are not only situated in England but also look after various British-based players across the 'top four' teams - including Arsenal's very
In an ideal world Arsenal would look to add Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin to the roster in order to compete with Francis Coquelin for a place in the starting XI, but a combination of the Saints' fee demands and big-spending Manchester United's growing interest in the Frenchman has caused the Emirates' officials to look for more value for money elsewhere.
Nonetheless, the Gunners will have to cough up a considerable amount of money if they are to appease their record-high paying supporters and, at least, attempt to hush the critics who argue that Wenger's resistance to spend has been their main downfall in the latter half of his reign.
Krychowiak, who made an emphatic impression at the heart of the Europa League Winners' midfield during the 2014/15 season, has another three years on his contract and will, therefore, not leave for any less than his reported £21.7million minimum-fee release clause.
Southampton have been the first club to test the waters with regards to the Polish midfield-enforcer, however, he is likely to want to move to another club that will provide him with Champions League football.
Yet, whilst it is widely regarded that the FA Cup holders require additional physical presence to their spine, the aforementioned Coquelin has arguably proved himself a first XI player since the turn of the year.
Arsenal's rock of midfield
Recently voted second in the fan's player of the year award, the former Charlton loanee actually possesses very similar, and perhaps slightly better, statistics than Krychowiak even by playing ten less games; with particular reference to his 3% higher duels won, 5% higher passing accuracy and his 0 defensive errors.
In fact, Arsenal only lost three league games that the 24-year old played more than 60 minutes in: Southampton (a), Spurs (a) and Swansea (h) - all games in which Arsenal decidedly underperformed as a team.
What is a certainty, however, is that the Gunners need a like-for-like replacement for 'le Coq' in case injury strikes; Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini have proved that they may no longer be able to cope with the rigors of playing for a title-challenging side. So maybe Krychowiak is a necessity after all? Or could it be a case of right idea, wrong solution?