The Mirror have reported that Unai Emery’s Arsenal have been put on alert by comments made by Dalian Yifang and Belgium winger Yannick Carrasco.
The 25-year-old who is a target of the Gunners has admitted that he wants out of the Chinese Super League in the summer transfer window, and that he tried to force a move away in January.
Carrasco also suggested that a lot of clubs have shown interest in him and that losing his starting place in the Belgian national side has been a big incentive for the desired move, per the original report.
The versatile left winger started his senior career at Monaco before a big-money transfer to Atletico Madrid and a rather baffling switch to China in February 2018, where he has started the new Chinese top-flight season brightly with three goals in two matches.
In terms of a possible move to the Emirates Stadium, Yifang could demand a high fee for their star man, having forked out the best part of £10 million on him just over a year ago – they will want to make a profit.
Perhaps the biggest part of this deal that makes it a bullet to dodge for the Gunners and not an asset to gain is the wage situation.
Currently, Carrasco, if various different reports are to be believed, is earning in the region of a lucrative £9 million per year.
Whilst CSL clubs are renowned for paying criminally high wages, it’s much of a bigger deal for a team in the western hemisphere to put a player on this kind of salary, although wages are still high in European football.
If Carrasco is demanding something similar, Emery is likely to have a problem on his hands because if one star earns so much, why shouldn’t any of the other players?
This would undoubtedly have a negative impact on the harmony of the squad without even delving into the numbers the North Londoners currently have in the left-sided attacking area, and rifts between teammates are the last thing the Spaniard wants as he continues to try to bed in at the Emirates.