Barclays Premier League duo Arsenal and Manchester United are set to go head-to-head for yet another midfield enforcer as Sevilla star Grzegorz Krychowiak is seen as a back-up option to Morgan Schneiderlin, Times Sport reports.
The Saints star will reportedly cost in the region of £25million which is seen as too expensive for the Gunners and it was claimed by Mail Sport over the weekend that they had ended their interest in the Frenchman.
Meanwhile United have been heavily linked with a move for the 25-year-old, who helped Southampton finish seventh in the Premier League this year, but despite rumours in Metro Sport that a deal was close, there has been no official comment from either club nor the player himself.
The Times claim that Krychowiak, who has a £21.5million release clause in his contract, is seen as a cheaper option for Arsenal as manager Arsene Wenger looks to strengthen his midfield ahead of the new season.
The emergence of Francis Coquelin has added much needed steel to the Gunners midfield since the turn of the year, but in order to challenge for the title next year they will need another enforcer in the engine room.
However, the North London outfit are likely to face competition from United as they too are in the market for a midfielder in preparation for a long hard season following a return to the Champions League.
Louis van Gaal has already added the signing of Memphis Depay to his squad and is expected to be extremely busy once the transfer window opens, with the likes of Ilkay Gundogan [via talkSPORT] and Dani Alves [via Manchester Evening News] both on the list of targets at Old Trafford.
Krychowiak is an Polish international and played a starring role in Sevilla’s Europa League triumph last month as he scored the equaliser against Dnipro en route to a 3-2 victory for the Spanish outfit.