Chinese club Dalian Yifang’s Yannick Carrasco was linked with a move to Arsenal in January as the winger wanted to return to Europe in the mid-season transfer window. claims the Gunners were in ‘pole position’ for the Belgium international, but no deal took shape.

The 25-year-old has now set his sights on making a switch to the Serie A or Premier League in the summer. His contract with Dalian will run down in 2022, meaning his employer will need at least €35m to part ways with their player.

It’s claimed the former Atletico Madrid man’s entourage remains hopeful of convincing Dalian to let go of their client, should they bring an offer of €25m. If it doesn’t happen, then the wideman will not leave the club.

A ‘clear message’ has been sent to the north London club, along with Inter Milan and AC Milan (or any other potential suitors) that they need a concrete proposal to convince Dalian to part ways with the player.

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Meanwhile, the Chinese outfit’s general manager Zhou Junh has also stressed the condition to sanction Carrasco’s sale.

“He has a contract with the club and cannot just leave when he wants. But if Carrasco finally decides to go back to Europe, then we will try to find a good way for both sides to solve the problem,” Jun told Dalian City News.

“If there is any difficulty, let’s see whose difficulty is bigger. If it’s harder for the club, I believe Carrasco will stay. If it’s harder for Carrasco, both the club and fans will understand him (leaving this summer).”

Regardless of whether or not Carrasci can be lured to the Emirates It looks set to be a big summer for the Gunners, even if Arsenal can hold on to 4th spot in the Premier league. 

As well as attacking reinforcements that are needed, the North London outfit have been shipping goals on the road, having kept just one clean sheet away from home in the entirety of the 2018/19 domestic campaign.

Whilst that may be good news for punters who have followed and backed both teams to score tips and predictions that include Arsenal, Unai Emery will certainty be looking to change this next term if Arsenal are to once again challenge English football’s elite clubs.