On the back of the Samuel Umtiti transfer story dying a premature death, another transfer rumour has arisen, but with at least a little to latch onto in terms of truth.
Chinese Super League’s Dalian Yifang’s Belgian winger, Yannick Carrasco, has reportedly left the door open for a move to Arsenal. A Belgian football expert has spoken of how Carrasco’s agent, the Chairman of Dalian Yifang and Arsenal themselves have been in discussion and basic terms have been agreed.
Yifang have apparently been resigned to losing the services of Carrasco, and the player himself has reportedly agreed to certain figures, but no official bid nor terms have been put on the table.
So, what does Carrasco bring to Arsenal?
Conventional wing play, first and foremost. Carrasco is more than adept at cutting in from a wide mark, but has also got in his bag of tricks, the skills of an old-school wideman. His delivery is manna from heaven for the likes of Lacazette and Aubameyang, and has a decent record for assists.
He made his name at Monaco, helping them get promoted from Ligue 2 and then as runners-up in Le Championnat. It was enough to force Atletico Madrid to fork out more than 20m Euros for his services back in 2015. He enjoyed a good spell in the Spanish capital, getting to the Champions League final, but could never quite hold down a first eleven spot, as he was seen as more of an impact sub thanks to his pace and confrontational style.
A move to the Chinese Super League was a surprise one for Carrasco, and it hasn’t been the most successful, hence his now cut-price fee. It was only a year ago that the Belgian shifted continents, but he only made ten appearances last campaign, and he has expressed a desire to move back to Europe, seemingly as soon as possible.
That means there are a fair amount of clubs after his signature, but it is apparently Arsenal that are at the head of the queue.
Expect this story to rumble on, but you can keep tabs on all developments here, on The Arsenal Review.