Arsenal are edging ever closer to their first summer signing with the Evening Standard reporting that Yannick Carrasco is close to a move to the Emirates Stadium.
The Belgian currently plays for Dalian Yifang and could move to North London for £25 million.
Carrasco moved to China in February 2018 but has expressed a firm desire to return to Europe this summer.
There are still a few obstacles to overcome before a deal can be secured but things are progressing nicely.
Arsenal are in desperate need of a lift this summer.
Boss Unai Emery saw his side thrashed in the Europa League Final by Chelsea, consigning his team to another season not playing Champions League football.
Wide players will definitely be on Emery’s agenda and Carrasco fits that bill.
Formalities of the deal remain undecided as of yet. Arsenal would prefer a season-long loan deal, given their restricted budget this summer.
Regardless of what sort of deal can be struck, Carrasco would improve the current squad.
The news of Carrasco’s potential arrival has split the fanbase, however.
Some believe him to be a quality addition and can’t wait to see him in action at the Emirates. They reacted on Twitter as follows:
He is definitely a baller. May be slow to get used to playing a proper league again but once he is ready. 🔥🔥🔥
— manlike_me (@MeManlike) June 11, 2019
Yes, great news
— Emmett Josiah Mulbah (@EmmettMulbah) June 11, 2019
Honestly the best news I have heard all day
— Tyler Futrell (@FutrellTyler7) June 11, 2019
— ArsenalBullen (@BullenArsenal) June 12, 2019
I'm running down the street naked if we get Yannick Carrasco.
— Jorja Smith Hypeman account. (@SVRKHEE) June 12, 2019
Yannick Carrasco & Kieran Tierney….🙏🙏🙏 Would be a dream start to the transfer window.
Get it done @Arsenal please!
Kind regards. Every fan.
— . (@AfcNas) June 12, 2019
I for one am extremely excited for Yannick Carrasco to Join Arsenal. He's everything we need. He's passionate, has the skill and goal scoring ability with both feet
And he's strong He will be a brilliant signing for us at @Arsenal
All we need is a Solid CB #Arsenal #Transfers
— Harib.B.Yousaf (@HaribCubix) June 11, 2019
Other, more cynical, Arsenal supporters aren’t too sure about Carrasco, however.
Certain fans believe that better alternatives should be identified, questioning whether the Belgian can still cut it after 18 months in a poor league.
They took to Twitter as follows:
Yannick Carrasco is good, but isnt worth 25m. 10m at best
— Alex (@Alex_is_Sanchez) June 11, 2019
Yannick Carrasco comes with a reputation but Arsenal need to look at hungrier players dying to make it at a top club, not someone who ditched Atletico Madrid for China. Fantastic player on his day but in the long run, they'll be better of with someone like Ryan Fraser.
— RF9 🇧🇷 (@SambaRole) June 11, 2019
Yannick Carrasco is not the solution. Board members especially Stan kroenke must truly get involve emotionally, mentally and physically. Without that, before the end of the new season you will label Carrasco like other players.
— Monsieur Dee (@Amourygaurdshow) June 11, 2019
Why not Ziyech??
— Nazri.Zakaria (@AyieCmoi) June 11, 2019
Ryan Fraser will be way better signing.
— Slavi Petrov (@slavi_petrov) June 11, 2019
Hope he will perform for arsenal . games between us and arsenal been dull for some time now . #YNWA
— NoobMaster69 (@kvgan21) June 11, 2019
Why would we want a player that clearly is just after the money ??
— Aaron Fernandez (@Nandez_1994) June 11, 2019
Fraser over him by a long shot . Our translfer policy is just shocking
— MxTe (@MxTe11) June 11, 2019