Grzegorz Krychowiak was a relatively unheralded arrival at Sevilla in summer 2014, but it didn’t take long for him to become one of LaLiga’s best defensive midfielders upon his transfer from Reims. After three years in Spain and two Europa League crowns, Krychowiak went back to France to link up with former boss Unai Emery at Paris Saint-Germain. He was expected to be a hit at PSG and was said to be exactly what the Ligue 1 champions needed.
Instead, Krychowiak’s first season at Parc des Princes may well be his only season there. He struggled with injuries and made just 19 appearances across all competitions, with only two appearances after December. Emery has now decided he no longer needs the player and has left him at home as PSG head out for training camp in the United States.
Enter Diego Simeone and Atlético Madrid, who reportedly have already lodged an €18 million bid to bring the Poland international back to LaLiga. According to Polish paper Przeglad Sportowy, Krychowiak has emerged as a cheap, high-upside choice to reinforce Atlético’s midfield. Sport say that while there is interest from Inter Milan and Galatasaray, Krychowiak wants to return to Spain and work with Simeone.
Atlético remain under a registration ban and the 27-year-old would not be able to play until January 2018, and it is unclear whether or not he would to stay in Paris or join up with a separate team in advance of a move to Madrid.
A healthy Krychowiak would be a big upgrade to Atleti’s midfield. His Liga Santander experience, combined with his age, strong aerial game and defensive strengths, make him an excellent option over the short-and long-term. He would slot into Simeone’s midfield right away and he likely would be heir apparent to Gabi and Augusto when they begin to decline.