The Ligue 1 giants paid Barcelona an eye-watering £198million when they activated the Brazilian’s release clause earlier this month and have now set about recouping some of that fee by attempting to sell some of their fringe players.
L’Equipe claims that Chelsea positioned themselves to sign Poland international midfielder Krychowiak a month ago but were brushed off by PSG who, at that point, were focusing all their attentions of finalising the Neymar deal.
Krychowiak has been coveted by a number of Premier League clubs in the past, earning a reputation as an imposing midfield enforcer by playing a prominent role in Sevilla’s recent Europa League domination.
The 27-year-old moved to the French capital last summer in a €30m deal but made only 11 Ligue 1 appearances and failed to nail down a regular first team place.
Antonio Conte has spoken openly of his desire to add to his squad during what remains of the transfer window and may yet reignite interest in Krychowiak following the controversial sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United.
Matic’s departure, allied to the sale of Nathaniel Chaloba, Tiemoue Bakoyoko’s injury and Cesc Fabregas’ suspension could well force Conte to field David Luiz in central midfield in Sunday’s showdown with Spurs at Wembley.
PSG, meanwhile, are also considering the sales of Blaise Matuidi and Julian Draxler, while former Real Madrid winger Jese completed his move to Stoke on Wednesday.