Arsenal could be about to make their first summer addition in the form of Yannick Carrasco, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.
The 25-year-old left Atletico Madrid in February 2018 to head to Chinese outfit Dalian Yifang. In 36 games in Asia, he has scored 14 goals and registered 11 assists from his 36 appearances.
Now it appears that Carrasco’s Chinese adventure could be close to an end, with Gunners boss Unai Emery keen to add him to his Arsenal ranks.
The Gunners desperately need to add some width to their squad, but is Carrasco really what they are in need of right now?
When Carrasco left Atletico Madrid for £26.5 million (Sky Sports) last year, he vetoed the move by kicking up a fuss. Boss Diego Simeone was pretty much powerless in the end and that offers a clear indication about his attitude.
His record in Madrid wasn’t really spectacular either. In 124 games he scored 23 goals and registered 17 assists, with consistency a real flaw in his game.
Arsenal will have Reiss Nelson coming back into their squad next season following his loan spell at Hoffenheim. The 19-year-old looks set for a bright future in the game and Emery must be willing to give him a chance next year.
Carrasco won’t come cheap either. According to Sky Sports, the Belgian earns £8.8 million-per-year (£170k-a-week) which is astronomical considering the type of player he is.
With a restricted budget following failure to reach the Champions League, Arsenal must spend wisely.
Carrasco doesn’t represent value for money and he isn’t really what the Gunners need to be spending their summer budget on.