Former Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco is hopeful of completing a return to a European club this summer, with reports of a stern interest from Unai Emery’s Arsenal.
The 25-year-old joined Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang in a surprise move 18 months ago, despite holding a high place in the European competitions prior to his move from Atletico Madrid.
Arsenal had made an inquiry about the player in the winter window, with Manchester United and a few other clubs having also shown interest in securing the Belgian winger.
Carrasco has however revealed his intention to return to the European stages this summer, but admitted the decision lies in the hands of Dalian Yifang’s club president.
“Everyone knows I want to return to Europe. Now it depends on my president and I hope a solution is found. I can’t speak of the (interested) club, but I hope that everything can be sorted.” He said.
“I’m not the one who decides. That’s my president. He will decide if he lets me leave or not, but I hope I can return.”
Arsenal are understood to have submitted a £25 million bid, with the North Londoners hoping a deal could be struck for the player whose valuation stands at €20 million as per Transfermarkt.
However, Yannick may need to take a pay cut to secure a deal to Arsenal. Although the Gunners are likely to face stern competition for the 25-year-old, with rumours of a more favourable deal elsewhere.