Sevilla are in advanced negotiations to agree a new deal with Grzegorz Krychowiak following speculation linking the Poland international with moves to both Arsenal and Manchester City. Estadio Deportivo understands the player is still likely to play football in England in the near future, but the new deal was signed to increase his release clause and allow Sevilla to get the most out of his sale.
The 25-year-old holding midfielder was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium during the summer transfer window, with The Times reporting Arsene Wenger had identified him as a challenger for Francis Coquelin's position. Krychowiak, however, opted to continue with the Andalucian side this season.
But speculation about his future has continued apace, fuelled by his sensational form in La Liga.The Daily Telegraph recently claimed that Manchester City are also monitoring him and will rival the Gunners for his services – adding that Arsenal were close to triggering his €30m (£21.6m, $33.1m) release clause this summer.
Sevilla have responded to those claims by opening contract talks with the star, both rewarding him for his performances with a pay rise and increasing his release clause.
Estadio Deportivo revealed earlier this month that Krychowiak rejected the first offer made by the club, which would have set the clause at £32.4m – as the player wanted to a lower buyout to help a future move to the Premier League.
But now the Sevilla-based newspaper claims that following a second approach from Sevilla the deal "is much closer". The new deal is believe to increase the player's wages and release clause, although not to the level of £32.4m.