Chelsea made an approach to the representatives of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak as recently as two weeks ago, French newspaper L’Equipe understands. They say that the Blues were in touch regarding a potential summer switch to Stamford Bridge after a disappointing campaign since he moved to Paris from Sevilla for a fee believed to be in the region of £34 million, as per the Daily Mail.
What would he bring to Stamford Bridge?
Defensive steel. A defensive midfielder, he is a typical ball winning midfielder who likes to break up play with his physical style which could blend well with the more dynamic N’Golo Kante alongside him.
Experienced, having won 45 caps for Poland alongside two Europa League titles with Sevilla, he would add depth to the Chelsea midfield. Particularly with Tiemoue Bakayoko expected to miss the start of the season and Nemanja Matic expected to leave, that could be valuable.
What has gone wrong for him in Paris?
Krychowiak will almost certainly be on his way out of Ligue Un this summer, having failed to even make a match day squad for Unai Emery’s side since their humiliating defeat to Barcelona in early March.
Signed by his former Sevilla manager, things should have worked better. However, the Polish international has struggled to complete alongside the likes of Marco Verratti, Blaise Matuidi and others.
Since then, he has failed to capitalise when given opportunities by the Spanish manager and has suffered from several niggling injuries which have kept him on the sidelines.
Is a move likely?
Given that the reported approach came before the signing of Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco, it may just have been the club considering their options in case a deal collapsed.
If Nemanja Matic leaves the club in the coming weeks as expected then there may be room for one more addition in the middle of the park for Conte, and that could open the door to Krychowiak once again.
The club may be keen on bringing in a respected midfielder who could be available at a bargain price despite having a further four years left on his contract. That could all depend on if they want another option, with no evidence of current interest.