Sevilla are negotiating a new deal with Grzegorz Krychowiak in order to increase his current £22m release clause to £33.1m following speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal during the summer transfer window, reports in Spain claim. The Poland international has become one of the most in-demand holding midfielders around Europe after he led his side to the Europa League crown in his debut campaign in La Liga.
The Andalucian side are well regarded for conducting a transfer policy to buy players on the cheap to sell them later for big money. Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo, Ivan Rakitic, Alberto Moreno and more recently Carlo Bacca and Aleix Vidal have left the club in similar circumstances over the past few years. Sevilla are aware Krychowiak could be the next player to follow their footsteps, having being signed from Stade de Reims for £2.9m ($4.5m) in the summer of 2014.
During the summer, Arsenal and Southampton were linked with his services but Sevilla managed to keep him. The Times previously reported that Arsene Wenger had identified the 25-year-old star as a challenger for Francis Coquelin's position, while the presence of scouts from the north London side during Sevilla's Super Cup defeat to Barcelona reignited rumours about the Gunners' willingness to sign him.
Sevilla know the interest of the big European clubs can be reopened either during the January transfer window or in the summer of 2016 so, according to AS, they are trying to increase his buy-out price in order to be in a better position to negotiate his sale.
Club president Pepe Castro recently revealed they were in negotiations with the player to reward him for his impressive first season at the club with a pay rise.
Questioned in September about Arsenal's summer interest in securing his services, the Poland international said: "That does not matter now. What matters to me is that I am staying at Sevilla. It was important for me to keep progressing here. Playing at Sevilla this season is very important to me, it is where I wanted to be. I would say that every story about transfers has a grain of truth.
"But I try not to think about that. I went on holidays thinking only of playing for Sevilla the following season. A player must focus only on playing and there other people who are in charge of dealing with other stuff."