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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Arsenal boost: Yannick Carrasco confirms intention to return to Europe

Rumoured Premier League target Yannick Carrasco is eyeing a move back to Europe this summer.
Carrasco moves to China
25-year-old wide-man Carrasco made the surprise move to Chinese Super League outfit Dalian Yifang in February of last year, following a two-and-a-half year stint with La Liga giants Atletico Madrid.
The Belgian endured an up-and-down stint with Los Colchoneros, with the highlight of Carrasco's time with Diego Simeone's men having come in May of 2016, when he netted a late equaliser in the Champions League final versus Real Madrid, eventually sending the clash to Extra-Time.
However, his inconsistencies led to the Genk youth product being heavily-linked with a departure from the Spanish capital last winter.
And, despite rumoured interest from the likes of Juventus and Arsenal, Carrasco eventually opted to join Chinese club Dalian Yifang.
Carrasco a wanted man
However, countless reports in January suggested that Carrasco is already eyeing a return to Europe.
The former Monaco man, who appeared 4 times for Belgium at last summer's World Cup, was rumoured to have been on the radar of all of Manchester United, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Arsenal.
The interest of both Arsenal and United was even confirmed by Carrasco's wife during the winter transfer window.
Speaking in an interview with RTBF, Noemie Happart revealed:
'Yes, they are very interested. I do not hide it, but nothing is signed.'
The Express, meanwhile, subsequently stated earlier this month that Arsenal maintain an interest in luring Carrasco to the Premier League in the summer.
'Hopeful of a return'
And the 25-year-old has this evening handed a boost to any and all clubs interested in his signature.
Speaking in an interview with Belgian outlet HLN, Carrasco confirmed his intention is to make the move back to Europe:
'My idea is to return to Europe.'
'There were clubs interested in signing me in January, but my current club wanted to keep me. I am hopeful of a future return.'