Arsene Wenger is considering a January bid for Sevilla star Grzegorz Krychowiak after receiving glowing reports from Arsenal scouts that have watched the defensive midfielder at close quarters on a number of occasions this season.
According to The Sun, the Poland international has been monitored closely by Gunners officials after making a scintillating start to the 2014/15 campaign, playing an instrumental role in Unai Emery's side's climb to the top of La Liga, where they currently sit level on points with Barcelona.
Krychowiak has been at the heart of Sevilla's strong start, and as a result has attracted admiring glances from the Premier League, with Wenger eager to recruit a holding midfielder when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year.
The 24-year-old has not only excelled at club level, but also made a significant impact on the international scene, most notably during Poland's famous Euro 2016 qualifying victory over world champions Germany earlier this month.
"There seems a genuine interest from Arsenal"
Arsenal scouts were in attendance to see Krychowiak dominate the midfield battle, and that might well be a contributing factor in the club's decision to firm up interest in a player that cost £4 million just over 12 months ago.
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His relationship with Gunners goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny could also prove decisive in convincing the Pole to swap Spain for a new adventure in England.
However, with his reputation rising there's little chance of Arsenal signing Krychowiak for a similarly modest fee, and they might have to meet the £24 million buy-out clause that was written into the former Reims star's contract when he first signed at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.
"There seems a genuine interest from Arsenal," a club insider told The Sun. "Though it remains to be seen whether they will make a move in January or wait until next summer to try to get him."
Krychowiak has been one of La Liga's star performers over the past year, so his prospective arrival at the Emirates Stadium would be regarded as a transfer coup if Wenger decides to make a bid for his services in 2015.
After failing to land the likes of Sami Khedira, Morgan Schneiderlin or William Carvalho - all players that were heavily linked with a move to north London during the summer - it's clear that area in the Arsenal squad still needs addressing as a relatively high priority, with central defensive cover another position on Wenger's agenda.