Mertens deals means Emery can wrap up £20 million Arsenal transfer deal
Fresh reports have claimed Arsenal may make a January move to try and sign long-term target Yannnick Carrasco.
The former Atletico Madrid star caused controversy over 12 months ago when he decided to join Dalian Yifang alongside teammate Nicolas Gaitan in big-money moves, but he desperately keen on a making a big money move back to Europe at the end of the season, with the Gunners keen.
The Gunners are known to be keen and were believed to have been close on finalising a deal for the Belgian during the summer window and reports even suggested that Carrasco , who formerly played for Monaco and Atletico Madrid, was even negotiating personal terms about a possible move.
But the Gunners ended up backing out of a transfer deal and ultimately decided to splash the cash and land the services of Nicolas Pepe for a club record £72 million, with the winger impressing with 23-goals last season in the French leagues.
However, Arsenal could revive their interest in Carrasco during the January window, claims the SUN.
The Belgian’s future at Dalian Yifang is in doubt with the Chinese Super League club linked with Napoli forward Dries Mertens, and the interest in Mertens could present Arsenal with a second opportunity to sign Carrasco for around £20 million.
Carrasco is a decent player that should be playing in Europe and not China, but Arsenal need a few world class players if they are to challenge for more than just a Champions League spot over the coming seasons.
Emery should be given more money to sign players that will actually improve the side and send a statement across the premier League, and although Carrasco is a decent player, he is not the man that the club need to come in and make an immediate impact on the side.