Belgian reporter claims Arsenal can’t afford 25-year-old attacker

Kristof Terreur tells the Transfer Talk podcast that Arsenal can't afford a deal to sign Dalian Yifang forward Yannick Carrasco

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Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Yannick Carrasco, but the Gunners can’t afford the Dalian Yifang forward’s wages, according to Belgian reporter Kristof Terreur.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is keen to bolster his squad to improve the north London side’s attacking options in the second half of the Premier League season.

Reports in Asia have suggested that Carrasco is looking to secure a return to Europe after the Belgian playmaker moved to the Chinese Super League outfit in 2017.

Carrasco is currently on a deal thought to be worth €11m (£9.7m) a year, which would make the winger one of the best paid players at Arsenal if he were to take the same wages.

Belgian reporter Terreur has confirmed that Arsenal have been presented with the chance to sign the former Atletico Madrid attacker.

“Arsenal are looking for a winger, but do not have the money to buy him [Carrasco],” Terreur told Sky Sports’s Transfer Talk podcast.

“If they are considering to take him on loan, he will have to take a pay-cut, because he earns around 180,000 euros a week. It’s a lot of money.

“It’s difficult for him to find a new club when he’s on big wages. I think that will run until the last days of the transfer window, where some clubs become desperate, and maybe Arsenal will be one.

“But at the moment, he has just been offered there, they have not made a proposal, so now there are no negotiations ongoing, but they have been made aware that he is available, and Unai Emery of course knows him from his period in Spain.”

Arsenal lost 1-0 to West Ham United at the London Stadium last weekend after Declan Rice scored his first goal for the Hammers to subject the Gunners’ to their fifth defeat of the season.

The north London side struggled with invention in the middle of the park in the absence of Ozil, who was mysteriously omitted from Emery’s squad to fuel questions about his long-term future.

The German playmaker has been linked with a potential move in the current transfer window despite tying the World Cup winner down to a lavish new deal last year.

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