Yannick Carrasco is apparently willing to take a paycut in his €10m-a-year salary to return to Europe and he wants to play under Unai Emery.

Arsenal have reportedly made ‘first contact’ with Yannick Carrasco over a move to the Premier League and the player is said to ‘prefer’ a move to the club. Not only that, he is, allegedly, willing to take a pay cut to join.

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JULY 10: Yannick Carrasco of Belgium looks dejected following their sides defeat in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between Belgium and France at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 10, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JULY 10: Yannick Carrasco of Belgium looks dejected following their sides defeat in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between Belgium and France at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 10, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Carrasco currently plays for Dalian Yifang in the Chinese Super League after moving from Atletico Madrid last February for a fee of £27m. Also wanted by AC Milan and Manchester United, reports in Italy claim that the player would like to be coached by Emery.

The left winger – a position Arsenal are actively trying to fill – scored 23 goals with 17 assists in 124 games for Atletico Madrid. With Dalian Yifang he has seven goals and nine assists in 26 appearances.

Still only 25, he is about to hit his prime and a Sky Sports report, picked up in Italy, claims that “…the future of Yannick Carrasco could be in the Premier League. In fact, there was already a first contact between the leaders of the Gunners, which would be the preferred destination of the player of Dalian Yifang.”

Another report from Italy states, “Carrasco would like to be coached by Basque technician Unai Emery, the Gunners solution becomes almost a priority for his future.”

His contract currently runs until 2021 and it is not clear what he would cost Arsenal should they move for him.

His current market value is, however, in the region of £18m.

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