Yannick Carrasco could be an Arsenal player by the time the January transfer window closes on Thursday night.
Time is running out for the Gunners but, according to Sky Sports, they’ve made a late move for the Belgian winger after entering talks with Dalian Yifang.
Carrasco has been plying his trade in the Chinese Super League since last February, when he completed his shock move from Atletico Madrid.
The Belgium international insisted his decision wasn’t motivated by money, although not everybody was convinced he was telling the truth. After all, he was said to have signed a contract worth £8.8 million in wages.
"I decided to leave Atletico and start a new adventure with Dalian Yifang, to join the Wanda group project," Carrasco was quoted as saying by Marca after completing his move. "The Chinese championship is booming, the working conditions are excellent, the new infrastructures are modern and they are available for both players and fans.
“The level of play improves every season. The project and offer of the club are a great sign of confidence and respect, and represent an opportunity to develop my qualities and my future."
But less than a year later, Carrasco could be on his way back to European football.
Having hit a brick wall in their pursuit of Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic, the Gunners have now turned their attention to the former Atletico star.
Some football fans have probably looked at his statistics from his time at Dalian Yifang and been left a little underwhelmed. Seven goals in 25 appearances this season is hardly a return to shout home about.
However, a video of Carrasco ‘destroying the Chinese Super League’ has been posted on YouTube and it shows he’s far too good for the league - despite what his stats might suggest.
Carrasco looks too quick, too powerful and too skilful for his opponents at his current club.
Watch his impressive highlights here…
It’s crystal clear that he should still be playing for one of Europe’s top clubs. That Arsenal want him comes as no surprise after watching the footage.
On the subject of his stats, it can’t be ignored that Carrasco is playing for a team in the lower half of the Chinese Super League.
Dalian Yifang currently sit three points outside the relegation zone and a massive 33 points behind league-leaders Shanghai SIPG.
There’s no such thing as a one-man team and Carrasco’s best efforts have, more often than not, been in vain this season.
If Arsenal manage to secure his signature before the window closes, it could prove to be a very shrewd acquisition.