Arsenal are reportedly closing in on the signing of Yannick Carrasco as the rumours around his move start to gather pace.

carrasco bel
Yannick Carrasco playing for Belgium

This week it was reported that Arsenal are back for Yannick Carrasco after failing to land him in January according to a report that came out of the Netherlands.

Now, Sport in Spain are reporting Arsenal are a ‘step away’ from landing him.

190608 sport carrasco
‘Carrasco a step away from signing for Arsenal’ – Sport (Spain) 8 June 2019

They write [via Google translate]:

Yannick Carrasco, a former Belgian player of Atletico Madrid, now in Chinese football, could be on the point of returning to European football, as he has on the table an offer from Arsenal.

Arsenal already had among its objectives the Belgian player in the market last winter, but finally the club ‘gunner’ in favour of Denis Suarez, on loan from Barca. The Belgium international, concentrated with his selection to play qualifying matches of Euro 2020, has made it clear he wants to leave Chinese football: “The negotiations are progressing very well,” said the Belgian player. “I am aware that I am a very important player in this team,” he said on the Dalian Yifang.

“From the point of view family and staff, I would like to return to Europe,” he acknowledged. Returning to the Premier would be a new challenge for Carrasco. “It is a game more physical, but there are also many spaces to run.”

Yannick Carrasco wants to leave China, he’s been perfectly clear about that. It also seems like his club, Dalian Yifang, have come to terms with losing him.

There is an offer on the table according to the player from a club that ‘regularly plays in the Champions League’. Somehow the Dutch publication seems to think this means Arsenal despite our Europea League status lately and the rest of the press are going with that now too as the player does nothing to deny it is Arsenal who are interested.

While it all sounds like a move is very close it’s worth remembering that these things collapse all the time so I’d hold any excitement you might be feeling just for a little longer.