Arsenal In Advanced Talks To Sign Yannick Carrasco From China
Arsenal could kick off their summer spending with a move for Belgian forward Yannick Carrasco, with a report saying that they're close to agreeing a deal for the player.
Unai Emery is going to have to improve his team on a budget this summer with reports that the Gunners missing out on Champions League football next season leaves the Spaniard with just £45 million to spend.
The season wasn't a complete disaster for Emery but there's little doubt that the team needs upgrading and they could be close to the first man getting through the door.
According to Gazzetta Dello Sport journalist Nicolò Schira the Premier League side are in advanced talks over the signing of Yannick Carrasco from Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang:
#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
Carrasco moved to China from Atletico Madrid in January 2018, when he and fellow Atleti midfielder Nicolas Gaitan moved to the Chinese Super League, following two and a half years in Spain.
The 25 year old has played 10 times for Dalian this season, scoring 10 goals and putting on seven assists for his teammates but wants to move back to Europe.
The report says that Arsenal wanted the Belgian in January but opted for a loan move for Barcelona's Denis Suarez when the Chinese club asked for €30 million for Carrasco.
Suarez's move to the Emirates didn't work out at all. He struggled for form and only played 95 minutes of football across the Premier League and Europa League, without making a start, before injury ended his spell and he returned to the Camp Nou.
The north London side have lost Aaron Ramsey on a free transfer to Juventus already this summer and there could be further departures to help Emery have more budget.
Will Arsenal's signings this summer be able to take them back into the top four?