Some transfer rumours are slow burners. Names plucked from obscurity and repeatedly attached to a certain club over a period of time. Others come from nowhere and are covered by a host of media sources.
The link with Belgian Yannick Carrasco is definitely the latter.
The wideman is currently in the wilderness of the Chinese Super League, earning top drawer money but not exactly furthering his career.
The link seems to be a good fit though. Carrasco offers exactly what Unai Emery is looking for - a player that can provide genuine width and has the ability to carry a goal threat, either by cutting in and going for goal himself, or by a steady supply of slick passing from out wide.
Carrasco made his name playing for Atletico Madrid and is still only 25. He burst onto the scene at Monaco, scoring fifteen times in a little over 80 games, before Madrid snapped him up and was used to good effect across the attacking line, as well as an impact sub that harnessed his searing pace against tiring legs.
Reports suggest that Carrasco is homesick after spending a year at Dalian Yifeng in China. These same reports, featuring in The Mirror, The Express and originating from Sky Sports Italia, also state that Carrasco has given his seal of approval to join the Gunners, but would be sanctioning a hefty pay cut as his wages in China border on astronomical.
This move would fill the wide gap that Emery referred to in a recent press conference, when pressed on what this transfer window could bring Arsenal. Emery mentioned that a wide player, either left or right side, and perhaps a central defender, would be the priorities for the club, and Carrasco definitely fits the bill.
We will keep tabs on this story here at The Arsenal Review. Best believe we will bring you the latest!