Cedric Carrasso claims he was set to join Arsenal during the summer transfer window, only to see the deal fall through.
"I accepted Sporting's offer. Everything was OK, but the deal was thrown off," he told L'Equipe. "There was a problem with the agents involved.
"The same thing for Arsenal. Arsene [Wenger] wanted to operate with three good goalkeepers. I was supposed to go there as third choice.
"At the beginning, I said to myself: 'third choice to do nothing, that is not being part of a squad, that is not interesting', but then I told myself: 'It is still Arsenal!'
"But then again there was a problem with agents."
"I even visited the training ground of Hearts. I found it great in Edinburgh, apart from the salary. I was ready to cut my salary by half. At the beginning, it was very poor financially. Honestly. Like €4,000 a week."