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 interest of both Arsenal and United was even confirmed by Carrasco’s wife during the winter transfer window.
Speaking in an interview with RTBF, Noemie Happart revealed:
‘Yes, they are very interested. I do not hide it, but nothing is signed.’
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:
#Carrasco wants to return in Europe from Cina and go to #EPL. #Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign him from #DalianYifang. He was courted by #Gunners last January, but #Emery opted to sign Denis Suarez on loan, because chinese asked €30M. #transfers #AFC
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) June 7, 2019
‘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