Football News

Arsenal transfer news: Former Atletico winger reveals interest from “one team”

By Harry Edwards

Published: 16:51, 6 June 2019

Belgian winger Yannick Carrasco has reopened reports of a return to European football, claiming “one team” is interested in his signing.

Carrasco, who currently plays in China for Dalian Yifang was linked with a move to Arsenal in January, but a deal could not be agreed.

Could Carrasco sign for Arsenal this summer? Four key things to know…

  1. Dalian Yifang winger Yannick Carrasco has previously expressed his desire to leave the Chinese club.
  2. The Belgian was linked with a move to Arsenal in the January transfer window but nothing came of the interest.
  3. Arsenal have once again been linked with Carrasco this summer, as Unai Emery looks to improve his squad ahead of next season.
  4. And Carrasco has revealed there is interest from “one team” for his signature

The 25-year-old has always maintained his desire to return to European football, with his family struggling to readapt to life with him in China. And Carrasco has revealed a move could be on the cards soon.

“I want to go back to Europe,” he told Belgian publication Nieuwsblad.

“One team is interested in me but I can’t say which one and in which league.

“But hopefully my team in China can help me come back to Europe.”

When Carrasco initially moved to China from Atletico Madrid in 2018, the winger spoke of trying to boost his chances of making Belgium’s 23-man squad for the World Cup. Carrasco would play four times for the Red Devils at the World Cup as they finished third in Russia.

But now, family struggles see Carrasco looking for a move closer to home.

Subscribe to Squawka’s Youtube channel here.

He added: “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 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.”

Carrasco reveals how close he was to joining Arsenal in January

In the January transfer window, Arsenal were looking to improve their squad ahead of the second-half of the season as they fought for a return to the Champions League.

Carrasco had looked close to joining the Gunners going into the final day of the window, but his move eventually fell through, with Arsenal signing Denis Suarez on loan instead.

And Carrasco recently revealed that while a move in January was blocked by the Dalian Yifang president, he hopes to find a “solution” this summer.

“There was interest from Arsenal and I had a lot of teams in January giving me the chance to go back to Europe, but here the president said it was difficult to go then,” the Belgian told the Sun.

“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 because I am a professional for my team, after we can think about a solution. If I have a lot of teams who want me but the president decides I have to stay, I cannot do anything.”