The agents of Sevilla's much-coveted midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak do not expect him to leave La Liga during the current transfer window despite persisting rumours of a move to Arsenal, according to Estadio Deportivo. The Spanish publication claims that the Gunners tried to secure the Poland international during the summer but Arsene Wenger does not consider him a priority target anymore after switching his attention to Basel star Mohamed Elneny instead.
Krychowiak was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium in the summer after leading Sevilla to the Europa League following his 2014 arrival from Stade de Reims. The 25-year-old defensive midfielder, however, decided to stay at the La Liga side while in November committed his long-term future to the club by putting pen to paper on a new deal until 2019, with a release clause of €45m (£33.5m, $48.9m).
But speculation about his departure from Sevilla have never gone away, with the Spaniards being notorious for renewing the contracts of some players in the past only to offload them months later in big money moves. Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo, Ivan Rakitic, Alberto Moreno, Carlo Bacca and Aleix Vidal are cited as examples.
The midfielder himself only last week reopened talks after confirming "hearing" about interest from the Gunners, although claiming he was focussed on giving his best on the pitch and left all the transfer formalities to his agents.
"I've heard about Arsenal, but I leave it to my agent. I trust him and he's the one who deals with that kind of stuff. I can't think about things like that. I have to keep my mind free of any distraction and just focus on doing my job for Sevilla," Krychowiak told Four Four Two.
Estadio Deportivo has since contacted his agency – the London-based Stellar Group – to know their thoughts and, according to the publication, they did not expect any movement during the current transfer window and, even if any club approached them, Krychowiak's intention would still be to remain at Sevilla until the end of the season.
The publication, nevertheless, points out that Arsenal "persistently" approached him during the summer but now Wenger has turned his attention to other midfielder targets, in Elneny and Paris Saint Germain starlet Adrien Rabiot.
The French boss has indeed publicly admitted in a press conference on 11 January that the Gunners are expected to complete the signing of the first arrival in the coming days.
"I expect movement [this week]," he was quoted as saying by The Mirror during a pre-match press conference held prior to Arsenal's Premier League trip to Liverpool on 13 January. "I think this week it can happen, we are positive.
"The situation should be sorted out. There's a lot of work permit problems and special paperwork to do, and the visa. We hope to finalise it this week. As long as it's not definitely signed you have to be cautious, but I'm optimistic."