Talks underway as Arsenal close in on man who slipped January net

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Yannick Carrasco is finally heading for Arsenal, according to reports, after admitting he has a transfer offer on the table.

The Belgium midfielder confirmed he was leaving Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang this summer to complete a move back to Europe months ago, and he has claimed that talks are now progressing with an unnamed club.

Carrasco was linked with Arsenal while Arsene Wenger was in charge at The Emirates, while the Gunners are believed to have held talks with the midfielder in January, but time ran out before they opted to sign Denis Suarez.

That move ended badly with the Barcelona man failing to make a significant impact with Unai Emery deciding not to make the loan deal permanent.

Now though reports in Belgium suggest Carrasco is Arsenal bound with the 25-year-0ld admitting “negotiations” are “progressing well”.

Speaking to Belgian website Nieuwsblad, Carrasco said: “There is now an offer on the table and the negotiations with my agent are progressing well.

“I am the most important player in the club, but I hope the chairman understands me.”

It had been well-documented that Carrasco had struggled to adapt to life in Asia and after losing his place in the Gelgium side he was intent on a move back to Europe after leaving Atletico Madrid in February 2018.

“From a family point of view, I would rather play in Europe and stay closer to my family. The adjustment for my family was also difficult over there.

“I have become a lot more mature and have learned a lot. Also on the field, where I had to take my responsibility and the team had to bear. But my wish now is to return,” he added.