Arsenal is in ‘advanced talks’ with the Chinese Super League side, Dalian Yifang to sign former Atletico Madrid player, Yannick Carrasco, talkSPORT reports.
Despite being a regular for Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid, it is inexplicable as to why the Belgian left the Spanish club for China. While playing for Atletico in the second half of his spell in Europe, Carrasco produced four goals and seven assists during a period spanning 1,459 minutes, giving him an average of one goal every 132 minutes.
However, he is now craving a move away from China. In January, Carrasco told Sky Sports:
“I want to go back to Europe, One team is interested in me but I can’t say which one and in which league. But hopefully, my team in China can help me come back to Europe.”
It isn’t clear which “One team” was interested in him. Arsenal, however, showed interest in him in January but was discouraged by the asking price of €30 million by the Chinese outfit and signed Dennis Suarez on loan instead. Although the latter has proved to be a mistake for the Gunners.
According to a tweet by Nicolo Shira, a Journalist for Gazzetta dello Sport, the English side could be closing in on completing a deal for the 25-year-old Carrasco soon as they are said to be in advanced talks with the Chinese team. With reports from Italy revealing that there are no interests from Serie A, making Arsenal at this stage the favourites to sign him.
With the Chinese Super League operating on a different calendar, Carrasco is currently midway through the season with Dalian Yifang. He’s scored seven goals and assisted two in nine games for the club this campaign, despite very mixed results leaving the side in the bottom half of the table.