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Arsenal ‘in advanced talks’ to sign Yannick Carrasco


As per a report from Nicolo Schira of the Gazzetta Dello Sport, Premier League giants Arsenal are closing on a deal for Belgian winger Yannick Carrasco.

Carrasco moves to China

25-year-old wide-man Carrasco made the surprise move to Chinese Super League outfit Dalian Yifang in February of last year, following a two-and-a-half year stint with La Liga giants Atletico Madrid.

The Belgian endured an up-and-down stint with Los Colchoneros, with the highlight of Carrasco’s time with Diego Simeone’s men having come in May of 2016, when he netted a late equaliser in the Champions League final versus Real Madrid, eventually sending the clash to Extra-Time.

However, his inconsistencies soon led to the Genk youth product being heavily-linked with a departure from the Spanish capital.

And, despite rumoured interest from the likes of Juventus and Arsenal, Carrasco eventually opted to join Chinese club Dalian Yifang.

Carrasco a wanted man

However, countless reports this past January suggested that Carrasco was already eyeing a return to Europe.

The former Monaco man, who has notched 14 goals and 11 assists in 36 appearances for Dalian, was rumoured to have been on the radar of all of Manchester United, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Arsenal.

The interest of both Arsenal and United was even confirmed by Carrasco’s wife during the winter transfer window.

Yannick Carrasco

NANJING, CHINA – MAY 05: Yannick Carrasco #10 of Dalian Yifang in action during the 8th round match of 2019 Chinese Football Association Super League (CSL) between Jiangsu Suning and Dalian Yifang at Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre on May 5, 2019 in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Speaking in an interview with RTBF, Noemie Happart revealed:

‘Yes, they are very interested. I do not hide it, but nothing is signed.’

Arsenal bound?

And, on the back of speculation that Arsenal were ready to reignite their interest in coaxing Carrasco to the Emirates this summer, a major claim this afternoon suggests that the Gunners are closing on a deal for the versatile Belgian.

According to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira of the Gazzetta Dello Sport, the north Londoners are in ‘advanced talks’ with Dalian Yifang over securing Carrasco’s signature:

‘Rather play in Europe’

Significantly, Schira’s report comes just a day after Carrasco himself confirmed that an unnamed European club had tabled an offer for his services, with talks ‘progressing well’:

‘There is now an offer on the table and the negotiations with my agent are progressing well.’

‘From a family point of view, I would rather play in Europe and stay closer to my family.’

Quotes via Nieuwsblad

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