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It is always helpful to Arsenal when a player that they have actively targeted comes out and admits publicly that he wants to play in the Premier League and even mentions the club by name.

That is exactly what has happened with Belgium international Yannick Carrasco, who currently plies his trade with Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang.

Arsenal apparently came close to signing the winger back in January but the move collapsed at the last minute due to Dalian Yifang blocking any deal, however, the player is now desperate to move back to Europe and is hoping he can persuade the clubs president to sanction a move.

Speaking to the English media Carrasco said: “There was interest from Arsenal and I had a lot of teams in January giving me the chance to go back to Europe, but here the president said it was difficult to go then.

“Maybe this summer it is possible. If it is a good thing and I want to go, maybe I can speak with the president.

“I try to do my best because I am a professional for my team, after we can think about a solution. If I have a lot of teams who want me but the president decides I have to stay, I cannot do anything.

The big issue for Carrasco is that his wife has left China to be closer to work, family and friends in Belgium and this is now having an effect on the player.

“All that you want is to be close to your family, and to go back to Europe is a good solution, said the 26-year-old

“I’m OK here, the club is good with me, the players and fans also are nice with me.

“But you know, when you are far from your family, and I think I can do good things in the European game, I am thinking it’s a solution if I can go back.”

“My wife spent the first year with me, but this year she is back in Belgium and she comes for a short stay and then goes back.

“When we play, we go two days before the game, and when you play away you come back the day after the game.

“Four days me being out of the home for one game was very difficult for her, and also she needs to be in Belgium doing work for herself.

Carrasco spoke about why he would like to play in the Premier League, why the English game would suit his style of play and what he can offer clubs.

“All the people know England is one of the best championships in the world, it’s a big competition.

I think I can play in a lot of competitions in the world, I can attack and also I can defend

“The players who play in the Premier League tell me it is a physical league, strong, but you also have a lot of space.

“Sometimes when you play in other countries you do not have a lot of space but in England it is open, the play is up and down the pitch.

“That would suit me. I think I can play in a lot of competitions in the world, I can attack and also I can defend.

“With the national team I play as a winger, but also I can play in behind. England would be a good competition for me. I think I would be OK.

“If I have the opportunity to go to England, why not?

“I don’t think if you play in China you lose your quality. You see Paulinho when he went to Barcelona. He stayed a lot of years in China, but he went to Barca and did well, and he played the national team and he did well.

“Now you see Axel Witsel with Dortmund, he stayed for one year in China and he also did very well with Dortmund.

“Why not me? I need to have something. I try to find a solution to be nearer my family?”

It is fairly clear from his comments that he wants to leave China and his preference is for England, it is also noticeable that he mentions Arsenal.

Now, that could just be him laying out the facts and have no motive in naming us but at the same time it could easily be his way of saying to us that I want out, you wanted me back in January, please try again.

On the face of it, this is good news because Carrasco is definitely a good player, I have seen him play a few times and the video below highlights some of his strengths. He would be a good signing for us and I will be keeping an eye on this one for sure.

This is one particular piece of speculation that has tons of credibility simply because the player himself is on record making his intentions abundantly clear.

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Arsenal defender lifts lid on David Luiz partnership and makes bizarre Liverpool statement

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Brazil international Luiz joined Arsenal on transfer deadline day from Chelsea for a fee of £8million.

The veteran defender missed the north Londoners’ opening game of the season – a 1-0 win away at Newcastle – but made his debut last Saturday against Burnley.

Luiz played alongside Sokratis on his Gunners bow, though they were unable to keep a clean against the Clarets.

And Greece international Sokratis is hoping to form a similar partnership with the 32-year-old to the one he had with Mats Hummels at Borussia Dortmund.

“I have known him for a lot of years,” Sokratis said of Luiz. “He also speaks some Greek and is a very good guy. I am happy also that we took a player like him, with experience.

“When I was in Dortmund I played with Hummels, who has the same style as David. It was also a very good partnership and it is very good (now with Luiz).

“It was his first game, it is important that we won and we can go from here.”

Luiz and Sokratis will face the toughest test of their season so far on Saturday evening when Arsenal travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool.

Arsenal will then face their bitter rivals Tottenham the following Sunday in the first north London derby of the season.

Sokratis is looking forward to this weekend’s clash with the Reds, who he believes will pose less of a physical threat to the Gunners than Burnley and could therefore make for a “more easy” opponent.

He said: “It was important because the other team played very good – not very good football but they play this style of game where every time they like to fight for second balls.

“It was good, it was a hard game and an important three points. It is good because we go to the derbies with six points. It (playing Liverpool) is a different game. Maybe it is more easy, because you don’t have to fight a lot – but they also play football. If they are on good day and you are having a bad day, it is hard.”

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Solskjaer coy on Sanchez's future as Manchester United flop closes in on loan move to Inter

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‘Let’s see what happens in the coming weeks’: Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer coy on Alexis Sanchez’s future as Old Trafford flop closes in on loan move to Inter Milan

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted Alexis Sanchez could leave Manchester United in the coming weeks, with Inter Milan among the clubs showing interest in the forward.

Having failed to get anywhere near his best since joining from Arsenal in January 2018, the United manager appeared to end any talk of the Chilean leaving during Friday’s press conference.

Solskjaer spoke about his belief that Sanchez would come good at United – but three days on the Norwegian opened the door to the Premier League‘s highest-paid player making an exit. 

Manchester United are open to letting forward Alexis Sanchez leave the club

Manchester United are open to letting forward Alexis Sanchez leave the club

Asked about Sanchez’s future after Monday’s 1-1 draw at Wolves, Solskjaer said: “Well, there’s still a couple of weeks left of the transfer window and there is a chance… some clubs have shown interest in Alexis, so we’ll see what happens.

“Can’t update you more than that.”  

Inter Milan expect to have a firm idea of whether a deal to sign Sanchez can be struck to sign over the next two days.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted Sanchez could leave before the transfer deadline

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted Sanchez could leave before the transfer deadline

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted Sanchez could leave before the transfer deadline

Manchester United are open to letting the Chilean leave Old Trafford before the European transfer deadline on September 2.

Sportsmail understands Sanchez wants a move to Italy and Inter are in the process of putting together a financial package.

The forward – who is close to new Inter signing Romelu Lukaku – earns a basic wage of £300,000 a week, with £100,000 worth of image rights on top. Inter would need United to subsidise part of his salary. 

 

 



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Transfer news: Premier League trio in hunt for Rennes wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga

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Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham in hunt for 16-year-old Rennes wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga after he starred in win over PSG

  • Eduardo Camavinga helped Rennes beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 in Ligue 1 clash 
  • The 16-year-old is being chased by a number of top Premier League clubs
  • Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham all had scouts at Roazhon Park

Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham are hot on the trail of Rennes’ teenage wonder-kid Eduardo Camavinga.

The Premier League trio all had scouts at Roazhon Park to watch the 16 year-old midfielder steal the show and inspire Rennes to a shock 2-1 win over French giants Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday night.

Tottenham were keen to sign Camavinga during his breakthrough campaign last season when he made his first seven senior appearances before being handed three more starts so far this year.

Eduardo Camavinga starred in Rennes' shock victory against Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday

Eduardo Camavinga starred in Rennes’ shock victory against Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday

But his list of admirers, which also includes Barcelona and Real Madrid, is growing and interest is mounting in the Angola-born left footer after he made Europe sit up and take note with his PSG performance.

Camavinga stunned observers with the maturity of his midfield display, despite his tender years and against the much more experienced opponents such as Marco Verratti and Marquinhos.

Camavinga more than held his own, catching the eye with his range of passing – he completed all but one of his 41 passes – dribbling and close control, bravery on the ball and also by setting up Rennes’ winning goal.

The talented 16-year-old has attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs

The talented 16-year-old has attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs

The talented 16-year-old has attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs

EDUARDO CAMAVINGA

Date of birth: 10 November 2002

Place of birth: Miconje, Angola

Position: Midfielder

Youth teams: 

AGL-Drapeu Fougeres

Rennes youth academy

Senior appearances/goals: 

Rennes II – 13/4

Rennes – 10

Did you know?

Camavinga is the first player born after January 1, 2002 to start a game in the top five European leagues

Rennes boss Julien Stephan said: ‘He played a match, indeed, like the whole team – very interesting.

‘We are talking to him. He is someone who is also very well-constructed intellectually, who knows how to question himself, who knows how to ask the right questions.

‘Many of the pros have taken him under their wing, because he is very respectful in the dressing room and very attentive to their advice. He blossomed with us this summer.’ 

Camavinga has primarily been used as a defensive midfielder during his Rennes senior career but his technical and physical attributes have earned him comparisons with Manchester United and France star Paul Pogba.

He is in the process of gaining French nationality, having moved to the country when he was six, and his excited youth coaches believe he has what it takes to one day be even more influential in the national team’s midfield than Pogba and N’Golo Kante.

And in a connection to another of France’s senior stars, Camavinga has the same agent – Moussa Sissoko – as Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele.

Demebele also started his career at Rennes, coming through the ranks before moving to Borussia Dortmund in 2016 and then Barcelona in a deal worth up to £135.5m a year later.



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