Southampton have made a formal bid of €12m (£8.7m, $13.5m) to secure the services of Arsenal target Grzegorz Krychowiak amid reports linking Morgan Schneiderlin with a move to Manchester United.
Manager Ronald Koeman all but confirmed last week that the Saints are preparing for life without the French international midfielder and have identified Feyenoord's Jordy Clasie as a possible replacement.
"There is interest for a number of our players, including Schneiderlin. If he leaves, Jordy Clasie is on our list," Koeman was quoted saying last week.
Schneiderlin has also expressed his intentions to move to a Champions League club next term with Manchester United reportedly leading the race to secure his services – although he has also been linked with both Arsenal and Chelsea in recent months.
And while Koeman expressed his interest in Clasie to replace the Frenchman, Spanish newspaper ABC now revealed that Southamton have made a €12m bid to secure the coveted Krychowiak after the Polish player proved to be a sensation in the Europa League winner this season.
But the Spanish publication claims Sevilla immediately rejected the bid as following the departure of Aleix Vidal to Barcelona for around £16m they are unlikely to see another star moving away on the cheap.
ABC adds that the La Liga side would only sell the Polish midfielder for something close to his €30m release clause while pointing out that recently The Times reported Arsenal were considering making a more lucrative bid to secure his services.
According to the reports Arsene Wenger, who had reportedly put Schneiderlin as his top priority for the summer transfer window, had precisely identified Krychowiak as a most affordable alternative to the Southampton star after the Saints demanded around £25m for the France midfielder.