Grzegorz Krychowiak has revealed that he pulled a festive prank on Premier League fans, after claiming yesterday that he had agreed a deal to move to England.
The Sevilla star yesterday caused quite the stir when he tweeted that he had agreed terms with an English club, but then today appeared to confirm that it was all in jest.
The bizarre joke, which was handed some credence by the fact that the 24-year-old is wanted by a number of English sides, probably won’t have gone down well with supporters of his current club, but is likely to have been met with even less gratitude by fans of teams hoping to get him on board.
According to the Daily Express the confusion was due to the fact that yesterday was Spain’s equivalent to April Fool’s Day, with Krychowiak making it abundantly clear that he is in fact happy with his life in Seville.
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The initial hype was caused when the Poland international tweeted this:
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"I reached an agreement with an English club, but the transfer can not be made official until all the parties have not put their signatures on the contract," he said. "I will keep you informed of the details later."
However he then looked to clarify things with this:
"Acclimitisation in Spain is going very well ... of course it was a joke!!!!! #VamosMiSevilla"
Followers perhaps most miffed with Krychowiak’s ploy will be those of Arsenal, who are said to be in the market for a defensive midfielder to protect their back four. Arsene Wenger is known for his shrewd business mind but is said to be ready to loosen the purse strings in January in order to bolster his ranks, particularly as the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea continue to reinforce the theory that they’re better equipped to win the title.
Whilst Krychowiak isn’t the only option for Wenger he’s arguably one of the most ideal. With Jack Wilshere still struggling with injury problems, and both Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini steadily edging their respective ways out of their peak years, the call for a Patrick Vieira-esque midfield enforcer has never been more urgent.
The likes of Lars Bender and Real Madrid star Sami Khedira have both been mooted in the past, but neither looks as though they will be moving on next month. As such Wenger may have to gamble on a lesser known entity, with false alarms like the one Krychowiak is pulling hardly helping his situation when it comes to allaying the fears of fans.