Arsenal have agreed personal terms with Yannick Carrasco, according to SportMediaset.
The Gunners have been keen on adding the Belgian to their ranks for a while now. They tried to bring him in on loan in January this year, but his full time employers Dalian Yifang wouldn’t hear of it. With the move for Inter Milan’s Ivan Perišić failed as well. Eventually, Denis Suarez arrived from Barcelona instead, but he went back to Catalonia at the end of the campaign following a miserable half-season spell at the Emirates.
Carrasco recently spoke to Belgian outlet Nieuwsblad and revealed his desire to return to Europe, with one club particularly interested in his services. He wouldn’t, however, reveal which club it was or which league they play in.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery feels he needs a winger, that much he has made perfectly clear in press conferences throughout the season. Carrasco is certainly a good player with plenty of pace and trickery, good shooting ability, clinical finishing as well as plenty of experience when it comes to playing at top level for a player of 25. On top of all that, he is extremely versatile when it comes to attacking positions, capable of performing on either flank or through the middle. Signing him wouldn’t be a bad move for any team, so if it’s a winger the manager wants, Carrasco is a great option.
All that now remains to be resolved is the fee the club would be paying to the Chinese Super League side for his services, and this is where the road goes uphill. The contract binding the player to Dalian Yifang is set to run until the end of 2022 – three and a half years still to go. They are in no hurry to sell, and they will likely demand a lot.
The Mirror believe that reports of a £30 million agreement between the two clubs are wide of the mark, and they claim that Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser is still being monitored as an alternative option.