Thursday 13 August 2015 11:39, UK
Grzegorz Krychowiak would fit in perfectly at Arsenal - but the Gunners would face a battle to lure him, according to Spanish football expert Graham Hunter.
The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to Emirates Stadium, with reports in the British media claiming Arsenal were preparing a £22m summer bid for the Poland international.
But despite acknowledging the qualities Krychowiak would bring, Hunter feels Arsene Wenger may fail to persuade a cash-laden Sevilla side to part with the dynamic midfielder.
“First of all it is news to Sevilla that Arsenal have looked at Krychowiak,” Hunter told Sky Sports News HQ.
“You could accept that Sevilla are Europe’s great selling club – with Porto they are probably the shrewdest at buying short and selling long and making huge profits.
“It's not unheard of that with Krychowiak, who has been there a season, they might double or treble their money after 12 months.
If Arsenal decide that this fierce, tough-tackling, clever, goal-scoring central-midfielder - who meets the pattern of what critics of Wenger have been saying Arsenal have needed for three four or five seasons – now then yes, he would suit them.
“But, they have sold a huge amount of players in the last few seasons to make them an immense amount of money.
“They are guaranteed in the Champions League, their revenue streams have increased beyond all recognition and, because of that, they will not want to sell. They will no longer be the cash and carry for bigger clubs to come in with heavy budgets.
“If Arsenal decide that this fierce, tough-tackling, clever, goal-scoring central-midfielder - who meets the criteria of what critics of Wenger have been saying Arsenal have needed for three four or five seasons – then yes, he would suit them.
“However, if they are to get him they will have to ram-raid Sevilla to convince them to part with him ahead of what is a Champions League season for the Andalusians.
“He’s the right player, but late timing coupled with a Sevilla side who are cash rich [could see him stay].”