Arsenal to launch formal bid to sign £170k-a-week star after holding talks with agent

By on January 11, 2019

According to a report in the Sun, Arsenal are ready to launch a formal bid to sign Yannick Carrasco after holding successful talks with the Belgian international’s agent about a move to the Emirates.

Unai Emery has confirmed he’s in the market for reinforcements this month and a winger is on the agenda after we lost Danny Welbeck for the rest of the season while Henrikh Mkhitaryan is also out with a fractured foot.

Carrasco has emerged as a target this week amid reports the 25-year-old is already looking to return to Europe just one year after joining Chinese Super League outfit Dalian Yifang from Atletico Madrid.

The Belgian has provided 7 goals and 9 assists in his 26 games during his stint in China but it appears he could be on the move this winter and Arsenal are reportedly in pole position to snap him up.

The Sun are reporting that Arsenal have been offered the chance to land Carrasco and we’re now ready to submit a formal bid to sign him after holding successful talks with the wingers agents over a move to north London.

The newspaper says Carrasco is expected to take a pay cut on his £170,000-a-week wages if he joins Arsenal with Emery keen to add the pacey winger to his ranks for the second half of the season.

No details on the supposed ‘offer’ are given in the report but any bid will have to be an initial loan deal as Emery confirmed this afternoon that Arsenal aren’t in the market for permanent transfers this month.

The boss told Sky Sports News:

“We cannot sign anyone permanently. Only loan players this January.”

“But I know the club is working for the possibility of players who can help us with this condition (on loan).”

“The club is working, telling me each moment different situations can happen. At the moment, I haven’t got any news.”

It’s good to hear the club are working on potential deals and Carrasco would be an excellent addition but it’s depressing to have it confirmed by Emery that we’re only in the market for cheap loans.

Arsenal are one of the richest clubs in the world and have millions in the bank so it’s farcical that we’re pleading poverty and scraping the barrel for loan signings this month when the squad badly needs reinforcements.

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I assume the problem is our wage structure as we’re close to the FFP limit but funds should be freed-up in the summer when contracts expire and money comes on to the balance sheet from commercial deals.