Arsenal are back for Yannick Carrasco after failing to land him in January according to a report coming out of the Netherlands.
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.
“There is now an offer on the table and the negotiations with my agent are progressing well,” Carrasco said.
Arsenal were heavily linked with him in January and continue to be named as one of the leading clubs for his signature but a few things don’t really add up, mostly the sums involved in landing him.
Dalian Yifang paid €30m for the Belgian, plus an additional €24m in taxes to the state, and they want to recoup as much of that as possible.
“The club that wants me has the maximum for that. They accept the basic conditions that Dalian Yifang sets.
“Now it’s a matter of getting out for the details. I am the most important player in the club, but I hope the chairman understands me.
“It’s not that I don’t like football in China. That goes well.
“From a family point of view, I would rather play in Europe and stay closer to my family. The adjustment for my family was also difficult over there.”
“I don’t think we’ve underestimated life there.
“I have no regrets about my transfer to China. It was a beautiful experience. Still, if it turns out they won’t let me go. I have become a lot more mature and have learned a lot. Also on the field, where I had to take my responsibility and the team had to bear. But my wish now is to return.”
Depending on which media outlet you believe, Arsenal’s loan deal for Carrasco in January failed because they couldn’t agree on a loan fee, couldn’t agree an option to buy or Dalian Yifang weren’t interested in loaning him at all.
Whatever the problem was between the Chinese club and Arsenal, there was certainly no lack of desire for a move from Carrasco. He told the media in March (via Fichajes): “I would love to go back to Europe, many clubs were interested in me.
“We tried to find a solution in January that would allow me to leave Dalian Yifang, but I understand the position of the club. They wanted me to stay.”
Some reports from earlier that month suggested Unai Emery would still be interested in signing Carrasco in the summer. However, AC Milan would presumably provide some competition once again, and the player’s wages would reportedly be pretty significant.
Additionally, it makes even less sense for the Chinese club to sell in the summer than it did in January. It would disrupt their team in the middle of their season, so if they weren’t keen before, it’s not certain they will be now.