Arsenal have been strongly linked with former Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco as Unai Emery is looking to strengthen his attacking options.
With Danny Welbeck set to stay longer on the sidelines with injury, the Gunners need to make a new signing as England international replacement.
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Carrasco, who left the Spanish giants for Chinese side Dalian Yifang in February 2018, is looking to end his stint in China.
The Belgium international has been offered to Arsenal but Belgian football expert Kristof Terreur believes the Gunners can’t afford to sign Carrasco because of his huge wage demands.
Terreur said: “Arsenal are looking for a winger, but do not have the money to buy him. If they are considering to take him on loan, he will have to take a pay cut, because he earns around 180,000 euros a week. It’s a lot of money.”
“It’s difficult for him to find a new club when he’s on big wages. I think that will run until the last days of the transfer window, where some clubs become desperate, and maybe Arsenal will be one.”
“But at the moment, he has just been offered there, they have not made a proposal, so now there are no negotiations ongoing, but they have been made aware that he is available, and Unai Emery, of course, knows him from his period in Spain.”
“He just wants to leave China, and his people are offering him everywhere. He wants to go to England, he wants to be closer to home.”
“But I do not think Manchester United need this type of player right now if you have Rashford, Lukaku, Lingard, Martial, Sanchez, Mata, so I don’t think he would play over there.”
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The 25-year-old, who made his Dalian Yifang debut on 3 March in an 8–0 loss to Shanghai SIPG, has scored seven times in 26 appearances so far.