Former Arsenal target Yannick Carrasco has hinted to The Sun that he is open to a move back to Europe this summer from Chinese outfit Dalian Yifang.
The Belgian nearly joined the Gunners prior to making the switch to China, although the deal fell through at the eleventh hour.
Carrasco made the £26.5 million switch to Asia from Atletico Madrid (Sky Sports), but a move back to Europe would allow him to be closer to his family.
His record in La Liga with Los Rojiblancos was pretty steady. He netted 23 goals and created 17 assists during his three-season stint at the club.
This season in China he has kicked off in style, scoring seven goals during his first nine appearances of the campaign.
Despite his good form, the 25-year-old thinks this summer could be the right opportunity to return to Europe.
Carrasco told The Sun: “There was interest from Arsenal and I had a lot of teams in January giving me the chance to go back to Europe, although it was difficult then.
“Maybe this summer it is possible. If it is a good thing and I want to go, maybe I can speak with the president.
“I try to do my best as a professional. All that you want is to be close to your family, and to go back to Europe is a good solution.”
If this a hint from Carrasco to reignite Arsenal’s interest then they must act quickly.
The Gunners are in desperate need of some width and the Belgian would certainly provide an injection of quality.
Having played in a top European league before, he would probably prove more than capable of adapting to the Premier League. At 25, there is also still some scope for the trickster to improve in the coming years.
If Unai Emery is to break into the top-four next season he needs to ensure he is well-stocked in every area of the pitch. If he can get Carrasco playing his best football, Arsenal could complete one of the signings of the summer.