Arsenal have been in the hunt for loan deals for the entirety of the January window, and with less than 48 hours remaining it seems that they have set their sights on a deal which ticks all the boxes.
Recent reports have suggested that Arsenal will attempt to force a deal through for Ivan Perisic before the deadline passes, but Inter Milan’s reluctance to let him leave on loan has forced them to turn their attention towards Yannick Carrasco.
Indeed, according to a report from the Daily Telegraph, Arsenal are in talks with Chinese outfit Dalian Yifang over a deal for Carrasco, and the club are willing to let him leave on a short-term loan deal with an option to buy.
The report also reveals that Carrasco is desperate to leave the club and, intriguingly, Arsenal were offered the Belgium international at the beginning of the month but decided against pursuing a deal until now.
Despite the fact Carrasco has fallen off the radar somewhat since he swapped Atletico Madrid for Dalian Yifang, he would be an excellent addition to the squad.
The 25-year-old wing-wizard possesses the versatility to play on both wings, where he can use his speed, tight ball control and direct style of dribbling to excellent effect. His ambidextrous ability makes him a difficult talent to stop in possession of the ball, forcing defenders to second guess his every step.
The fact his parent club are willing to loan him and Carrasco’s personal desire to leave the club suggest that everything is in place for Arsenal to secure a deal, providing an agreement can be reached concerning his wages.
On paper, Carrasco is exactly the type of natural wide man Arsenal have been in the market for this month, and together with Denis Suarez he could inject a new level of dynamism and creativity to ensure the Gunners sneak into the top-four this season.
With 34 Belgium caps, experience playing in two of Europe’s top leagues and a set of attributes which appear well-suited to the demands of the Premier League, Emery could strike gold by clinching a deal for Carrasco before the deadline passes.
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