Arsenal’s eagerness to recruit a bona fide winger before tomorrow evening’s transfer deadline seems to boil down to a choice between Ivan Perisic and Yannick Carrasco.
Rumours linking us to the latter surfaced at the start of January but died down when the Gunners hierarchy made clear that we’re only willing to commit to loan deals. The 25-year-old is also on mega-money at Chinese club Dalian Yifang, said to be in the region of £150,000-£200,000 a week.
Despite all that, Carrasco – a Belgian international who has previously played for Genk, Monaco and Atletico Madrid – appears to be back on our radar, in part because Inter are playing hardball over Perisic, but also because his owners are open to a possible loan arrangement and could even subsidise some of his wages.
As the Evening Standard points out, somewhat ironically, a Carrasco move to Arsenal could depend on Perisic joining Dalian Yifang. The 29-year-old, who has seemingly been offered to pretty much every club with an open transfer window, has been identified as a like-for-like replacement.
Our ambition is obviously to get back into the Champions League ASAP, whether Perisic or Carrasco is the better man to help us achieve that is anyone’s guess at this point.