Update on Arsenal’s move for Yannick Carrasco

A number of updates on Arsenal’s proposed move for Yannick Carrasco have emerged online this afternoon.

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 soon led to the Genk youth product being heavily-linked with a departure from the Spanish capital.

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

Carrasco a wanted man

However, countless reports this past January suggested that Carrasco was already eyeing a return to Europe.

The former Monaco man, who has notched 14 goals and 11 assists in 36 appearances for Dalian, was rumoured to have been on the radar of all of Manchester United, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Arsenal.

The interest of both Arsenal and United was even confirmed by Carrasco’s wife during the winter transfer window.

Yannick Carrasco

NANJING, CHINA – MAY 05: Yannick Carrasco #10 of Dalian Yifang in action during the 8th round match of 2019 Chinese Football Association Super League (CSL) between Jiangsu Suning and Dalian Yifang at Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre on May 5, 2019 in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Speaking in an interview with RTBF, Noemie Happart revealed:

‘Yes, they are very interested. I do not hide it, but nothing is signed.’

‘Advanced talks’

And, on the back of speculation that Arsenal were ready to reignite their interest in coaxing Carrasco to the Emirates this summer, a major claim last week suggested that the Gunners were closing on a deal for the versatile Belgian.

Nicolo Schira of the Gazzetta Dello Sport stated that the north Londoners were in ‘advanced talks’ with Dalian Yifang over securing Carrasco’s signature:

Carrasco Arsenal bound

And widespread updates regarding Carrasco’s potential Arsenal switch have spread across the European media over the last 24 hours.

Nicolo Schira first stated last night that personal terms have been agreed between the Gunners and the Belgian.

An agreement between Arsenal and Dalian, meanwhile, has been labelled as ‘close’:

And James Olley of the Evening Standard has since provided further insight into the situation, with Arsenal said to have initially been hopeful of securing a loan deal with option to buy.

Such a possibility, however, was firmly knocked back by Dalian, who are only interested in a permanent sale:

‘Talks are ongoing with Arsenal hopeful of making a breakthrough. Options being discussed include staggering payments over a longer period or building in various performance related add-ons in order to reach an agreement.’

Carrasco, meanwhile, is said to be ready to take a pay-cut to push through his Emirates switch.

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