Sevilla midfielder Vicente Iborra has admitted to concern that reported Arsenal target Grzegorz Krychowiak could leave the club before the summer transfer window shuts, with several teams said to be considering paying his €30 million release clause.
Krychowiak, who signed for Sevilla for €5m from Reims last summer, has emerged as one of Europe's most sought after holding midfielders -- being named in La Liga's 2014-15 team of the season and playing a key part in his club's Europa League success.
The Poland international's current contract includes a €30m release clause, and Sevilla have repeatedly said they will not sell for anything less. However, such a price tag has not stopped reported interest from the Gunners, who have long been on the lookout for a combative, physical holding midfield player.
Krycho's teammate Iborra said in Andalucian sports daily Estadio Deportivo that everyone at the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan wanted the 25-year-old to stay, but he was concerned that another club would meet the clause this summer.
"Of course I am concerned that Krychowiak could be taken away," Iborra said. "I always want to have the best players in the team. He brings so much. I hope he stays. I understand Sevilla's position, it is clear, and I hope nobody pays that clause, and he stays with us."
Despite Iborra's concerns, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger last week denied that Krychowiak was a summer target despite the club long being linked with a move.
Reports in the British press last week had indicated that the Gunners were ready to firm up their long-held interest in the player, only for him to suffer a broken rib in the UEFA Super Cup defeat to Barcelona.
When asked directly if he was interested in signing Krychowiak at a news conference on Friday, Wenger responded: "No."
Sevilla have, as usual, been busy in the summer's transfer market, with the club not having to sell as they have already taken in over €50m selling players including striker Carlos Bacca to AC Milan and right-sided utility man Aleix Vidal to Barcelona.