Arsenal are seemingly closing in on the signing of Dalian Yifang’s Yannick Carrasco, reports from the Evening Standard claim, and the fee, should it be met by the Gunners, will be around £25m. Other reports from Italy have also gone as far as saying that this deal is essentially done and only the details are left to be discussed before the clubs shake hands and call it a day. However, even if we take into consideration that the demanding price tag is not that surreal, this is a deal Arsenal should really be staying clear of and here are two mains reasons why.
Players leaving to China is not really a new thing in modern football anymore – you play for as long as you can and when you feel your career is slowly fading away, you pack your suitcases and head towards the sunset in China or the MLS. That’s simply how things work nowadays. But Carrasco was quite different. He chose to leave at the peak of his power, for whatever reason, and even though he is only 25, his best days of football are looking likely to already be long behind him. His rather average return of 14 goals and 11 assists in 36 appearances in total in those two years for Dalian Yifang is just that – bang average, especially considering the quality of football and his rivals in the East.
If Arsenal are truly aiming for someone who can bolster their squad and bring them to the next level, Carrasco is most likely not the ideal transfer target for that. After having a failed experiment with the likes of Denis Suarez recently, Emery cannot really afford to make another blunder in the market, not when the stakes are so high.
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This reported £25m would in itself be more than half of what Arsenal are supposedly working with this summer, and throwing that much money on a player who’s not a guaranteed upgrade would be most unwise. Sure, the sum on its own would be pocket money for some of the biggest spenders out there but the Gunners don’t have that financial power just yet so they have to tone down these transfers as much as they can. Not to mention Carrasco’s big wage demands, as reported by Standard, could end up being in the region of £8.8m-a-year, which is what the player currently receives at his Chinese club.
Even if Arsenal somehow manage to water those figures down, and Carrasco maybe agrees on a wage-cut, we’re still talking about a lot of money entering his pocket. At the end of the day, forking out such numbers for a player returning to Europe from China is a bit of a stretch, especially if you’re not financially equipped like the north London outfit.