Former Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco has reportedly signalled his intent to return to European football from China after receiving interest from host of top European clubs. According to reports in the Mirror, Arsenal have made initial contact and have received ‘approval’ from the player to further pursue a move with the club.
After a bright start to the season, Unai Emery’s Arsenal have hit a bit of a lull, picking up only 11 points out of a possible 21 from the last seven premier league games, while also bowing out of the Carabao Cup to North London rivals, Spurs. While defence continues to be the most worrisome faction of the team, another recurring problem is the lack of consistency in our attack.
After multiple shuffles, Emery still hasn’t found the right formula for an effective front line for the team, and if the strong performances of Liverpool and Manchester City are anything to go by, a right mix of flair, pace and creativity in the attack seems to be the recipe for success in this daunting league.
With the current crop of wingers – Alex iwobi and Mkhitaryan blowing hot and cold, and Danny Welbeck out for the season with an ankle injury, Emery is on the look out for a player to nail down his position in the flanks. One such player, who could potentially fit the bill, is Yannick Carrasco.
The 25-year-old left Atletico Madrid for Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang in February last year, and with his best years ahead of him, looks to make the comeback to Europe. He’s currently enjoying a good spell of form, having scored seven goals while also adding nine assists to his tally this season.
A report from Sky Sports Italia suggested that Arsenal are currently frontrunners in the signature of the Belgian, with AC Milan and Manchester United also lurking for the winger.
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However one significant factor which might potentially hold up Yannick Carrasco transfer is the players weekly wage demand which is expected be around £170,000-a-week. Even though the report states that the player would potentially be interested in significantly lowering his wage demands should a move materialise, the fact that Arsenal would rather allow a player like Aaron Ramsey leave on a free transfer than offer him a lucrative deals goes on to show how financially constrained Arsenal are at the moment.
Nevertheless Signing Yannick Carrasco would be a strong addition to the Emery’s side, who look to finish the second half of the season strong, and hopefully get back to playing the Champions League next season. Emery has already spoken in depth about his intentions of securing a winger in this window and now it remains to be seen if Yannick Carrasco is the player they decide to proceed with.