Arsenal ‘offered’ Yannick Carrasco
Kristof Terreur, the Belgian journalist who works for Het Laatste Nieuws, has confirmed on Wednesday morning that Arsenal have been offered Yannick Carrasco.
There are four major points underlying this possible deal.
Firstly, it’s reported that Arsenal are indeed in the market for a winger this January.
Secondly, if Yannick Carrasco intends to leave his current club Dalian Yifang in China for Arsenal, the Belgian will need to take a pay-cut.
At the same time, it’s confirmed that Arsenal only have a “a limited transfer budget.”
Finally, Kristof Terreur stresses that Carrasco, who is just 25, wants to leave the Chinese Super League after just one season with Dalian.
Yannick Carrasco (25) has been offered to Arsenal, who are searching for a winger. Player will have to take a pay cut. #AFC have a limited transfer budget. Carrasco willing to leave Dalian after one year in China. pic.twitter.com/c2oC3LiHTK
— Kristof Terreur 📰🎥 (@HLNinEngeland) January 9, 2019
Should Arsenal sign Carrasco?
Some Arsenal fans may be questioning why their club are interested in Carrasco.
Don’t Arsenal already have plenty of options in wide areas?
Specifically, Carrasco is often deployed on the left wing.
Arsenal have the likes of Alex Iwobi who can operate in that position. While, Unai Emery has often played with wing-backs this season, and Sead Kolasinac has performed well down the left-hand channel.
Does Carrasco have better defensive abilities than Kolasinac?
Others may also question Carrasco’s character.
Many raised eyebrows when he left Atletico Madrid to move to China twelve months ago.
Carrasco was targeted by some as having only made the move for financial reasons.
At the time the midfielder claimed he moved to China for footballing reasons:
Along with Hulk, [Ezequiel] Lavezzi, [Fabio] Capello and, of course, my friend [Axel] Witsel, I will contribute to the development of football in a country that is passionate about football.
Beyond football, which remains my priority, this country also offers me the opportunity to develop personally and also on professional projects that are important to me.
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