Yannick Carrasco

Arsenal emerge as favourites to sign Yannick Carrasco

As per a report from Sky Sport Italia, Arsenal have taken the lead in the race to sign Dalian Yifang winger Yannick Carrasco.

Carrasco moves to China

25-year-old wide-man Carrasco made the surprise move to Chinese Super League outfit Dalian Yifang in February of last year, following a two-and-a-half year stint with La Liga giants Atletico Madrid.

The Belgian endured an up-and-down stint with Los Colchoneros, with the highlight of Carrasco’s time with Diego Simeone’s men having come in May of 2016, when he netted a late equaliser in the Champions League final versus Real Madrid, eventually sending the clash to Extra-Time.

However, his inconsistencies led to the Genk youth product being heavily-linked with a departure from the Spanish capital last winter.

And, despite rumoured interest from the likes of Juventus and Arsenal, Carrasco eventually opted to join Chinese club Dalian Yifang.

Diego Costa Atletico Madrid

Yannick Carrasco (2ndR) celebrates scoring with Diego Costa (R) and Fernando Torres (2ndL) during the match between Club Atletico Madrid

Carrasco in-demand

However, numerous reports over recent weeks have suggested that Carrasco is already eyeing a return to Europe.

The former Monaco man, who appeared 4 times for Belgium at last summer’s World Cup, is said to be on the radar of all of Manchester United, Bayern Munich and AC Milan.

Arsenal bound?

But, as per the aforementioned report from Sky Sport Italia (via Football-Italia) this afternoon, a new suitor, in the form of Arsenal, have taken a firm lead in the race to secure the 31-time capped Red Devils’ international’s signature.

Carrasco has his sights set on a move to the Premier League, and has reportedly ‘given his approval’ to a Gunners’ switch this month.

It is as of yet unclear whether a move for Carrasco would affect Arsenal’s proposed swoop for Barcelona’s Denis Suarez.

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