Arsenal have been provided hope of securing a summer deal for Julian Draxler, having strived to sign the German in January, after the chairman of Schalke claimed it would not be 'fair' to keep the player against his wishes.
The Premier League leaders reportedly met with representatives of the Bundesliga club before the transfer deadline in a bid to secure the transfer of the £37 million-rated midfielder, but were unable to capture their target.
Schalke have since confirmed there was an offer on the table for Draxler, although it is unclear if that proposal was made by Arsenal or German champions Bayern Munich.
It is widely expected that the Gunners will return for Draxler at the end of the season when the next transfer period opens, and they have been provided with something of a fillip after Clemmens Tonnies conceded Schalke are resigned to losing the 20-year-old.
"We cannot keep a super talent like Julian forever," he told SID. "But it also wouldn't be fair to refuse players to jump on the train that is waiting for them."
Tonnies did, however, add that he has pleaded with Draxler to stay beyond this summer, claiming that a move to the Emirates Stadium - or any other destination - in 2014 may prove to be too early.
"We are often talking," he added. "I told him he should stay with us another two, three years and that a move would be too early for him now."