For much of the last month, some Arsenal fans have been turning to the tweets of former footballer turned journalist Jan Aage Fjortoft for news on Julian Draxler.
Fjortoft was one of the first men to break the news that Mesut Ozil had signed for Arsenal last summer, and he has recently been delivering snippets of tantalising information that suggested the Gunners could be getting the Schalke starlet sooner or later.
However he also made it clear that a number of other clubs were interested, and that Arsenal would have anything but a clear run at a player who is tipped for the very top of the game.
Following a transfer window that saw Arsenal’s only business of note the somewhat surprising arrival of Kim Kallstrom from Spartak Moscow, Fjortoft has this morning revealed why he thinks the Draxler deal failed to materialise.
He believes that Schalke’s failure to sign a replacement for the 20-year-old, along with the fact that other clubs are interested, prevented Arsene Wenger from getting his man.
He also reemphasised something he had been saying for a while – that a fee had been agreed but that a deal was far from done.
He concluded by saying something was most likely to occur in the summer and that Wenger had spoken to the player.
Rather cryptically he also wrote: “One day the truth will (be) there for everybody to see.”
So for now Draxler remains a Schalke player. But expect the rumours to start up again at the end of the current campaign, when Arsenal fans are likely to see if Fjortoft was right all along.
You can see Fjortoft's tweets below:
For all having a go re:Draxler -fee agreed - deal not done -most likely summer -Wenger talked to player Stand by all my 3 points made 1/3— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) February 1, 2014
Can't tell you who I speak to for my information of course. Didn't tell you that when I broke Özil-deal either. 2/3— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) February 1, 2014
One day the truth will there for everybody to see. Do you think I can tell all? No! And my gooner son @MarkusFjortoft wanted him too 3/3— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) February 1, 2014
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