By Will Butcher
Paris Saint-Germain are giving up on midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak and are prepared to let him go in January, putting long-term admirers Arsenal on alert, according to a report.
The Sun claims Manchester City are also keen on the 26-year-old who has plummeted down the pecking order under Spanish boss Unai Emery since his move from Sevilla.
Making just nine starts and 16 total league and cup appearances, the 44-time Poland international has endured a difficult spell since his £29million move to the French champions last summer.
Struggling to break his way into the first team past the likes of Marco Verratti, Thiago Motta, Blaise Matuidi and Adrien Rabiot, Krychowiak will now be allowed to leave the club.
With Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla still recovering from injury on the sidelines, and Mohamed Elneny at the Africa Cup of Nations, Wenger could look to bolster his midfield ranks.
Possessing plenty of experience in Europe including two Europa League winning medals, Krychowiak would fit in at Arsenal as they prepare for the knockout stages of the Champions League against Bayern Munich.
Providing competition for the likes of Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny as well as Coquelin, the signing of the former Stade Reims ace could boost Arsenal’s pursuit of silverware this term.
Football Insider verdict:
The combative midfielder would provide world-class quality to a ravaged Arsenal midfield, after starring in Sevilla’s two Europa League winning campaigns and in the Champions League for PSG. The Polish ace is known for his ability to thread the eye of a needle when it comes to passing, both long and short, but is more than willing to put his body on the line when acting as an extra line of cover for the defence. Fans should not be put off by the fact that he is struggling to gain regular playing time at PSG, with Verratti and Matuidi two of the best central midfielders in the world as competition. Signing Krychowiak would provide a steely, punchy outlook to the Gunners midfield as they look to compete in three different competitions in the second half of the season.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the Gunners are eyeing a loan deal for this senior ace.