Arsenal transfer target Yannick Carrasco drops major hint over his future

first_imgArsenal transfer target Yannick Carrasco drops major hint over his future Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 6 Jun 2019 2:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link250Shares Yannick Carrasco in keen to leave Dalian Yifang this summer (Picture: Getty)Dalian Yifang winger Yannick Carrasco has dropped a hint over his future by stating that he has had an offer from another club with media in Belgium claiming it to be from Arsenal.The 25-year-old was linked with a move to Arsenal during the January transfer window, however, Unai Emery opted to sign Barcelona winger Denis Suarez on loan instead.That deal failed to work out and Arsenal have again been linked with a move for Carrasco who has made it clear that he would like to leave China this summer due to personal reasons.Carrasco, who previously played for Monaco and Atletico Madrid prior to his move to the Chinese Super League 18-months ago, has called on his chairman to allow him to leave.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Carrasco is keen to secure a return to Europe after losing his starting place for Belgium (Picture: Getty)Speaking to Belgian website Nieuwsblad, Carrasco said: ‘There is now an offer on the table and the negotiations with my agent are progressing well.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I am the most important player in the club, but I hope the chairman understands me.’On struggling to adapt to life in China, he added: ‘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.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery has a reduced transfer budget to work with this summer – reported to be around £40m – following Arsenal’s failure to seal Champions League football next season.Dalian Yifang, who also count ex-Napoli skipper Marek Hamsik in their ranks, paid €30m to sign Carrasco from Atletico plus substantial taxes to the state and would be looking to recoup that fee.Arsenal have been linked with a host of players already this summer as Emery seeks to assemble a squad capable of finishing in the top-four next season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Commentlast_img read more

Syracuse is a Sweet 16 sleeper

first_imgThe little guys of March have all been eliminated from the NCAA Tournament.Thanks for the memories, Stephen F. Austin, Middle Tennessee and Arkansas-Little Rock.In many ways, this postseason fiasco is all about the little guys. Their magic against the powerhouses never fails to appease college basketball fans’ morbid fascination with seeing their brackets crumble.And while this Sweet 16 features exactly zero real underdogs, there is one particularly intriguing team still hanging around.Of course we see you, Syracuse.The Orange racked up 13 losses on the season. This meant that Jim Boeheim’s not-so-star-studded team was on the bubble to even make the field of 68. However, after its self-imposed postseason ban just a year ago, ’Cuse squeezed its way into the tourney and now has officially completed its return to primetime.Because of Northern Iowa’s historic collapse against Texas A&M, Syracuse is really the last team remaining that truly feels like an enigma.Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Duke also finished with 10 or more losses this season, but these teams were grabbing headlines with regularity. The Wisconsin hype train was fairly calm this season after the Badgers’ postseason run a year ago, but Notre Dame and Duke always seem to find the limelight.Syracuse’s season was a different story.The Orange’s four-game skid in the middle of the season certainly didn’t help this group leap to the forefront of media attention, nor did the team’s losing five of its last six games leading up to the NCAA Tournament.Many fans likely saw the perennial powerhouse casually hanging out in the bottom right corner of the bracket and didn’t think much of it. Yet although Syracuse-Dayton appeared the definition of a tossup, the Orange clobbered the Flyers.Surely Boeheim’s team didn’t have the ability to compete with Michigan State in the second game. Well, the Spartans somehow lost by nine to a sneaky good Middle Tennessee bunch. This set up nicely for ‘Cuse, who wrecked the Cinderella team from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.Next up for Michael Gbinije and Malachi Richardson: Gonzaga. Gbinije and Richardson are Syracuse’s two leading scorers, but this team has flown so far under the radar that these names don’t really resonate like, say, Carmelo Anthony, Scoop Jardine or C.J Fair. The Bulldogs of Gonzaga cruised into the tournament as an 11-seed and simply dominated two quality teams in Seton Hall and Utah en route to the Sweet 16.While this may look like a friendly draw for the good folks from Spokane, the admonition from a completely neutral columnist at a student publication is very real. Proceed with caution. Syracuse does not have a tremendous amount of pressure heaped upon its shoulders. Its zone seemingly always gives opposing coaches headaches in March and its balanced scoring at the offensive end represents a well-rounded, versatile attack.The Carrier Dome, traditionally a cathedral of college basketball greatness, was seemingly just another gym this season. In fact, this middling ACC team was actually treated as such. ‘Cuse went .500 in conference play and looked perfectly average, yet these guys appear to be hitting stride at the perfect time.As a program, having storylines — or even a roster — begging for television exposure during December obviously gets you nowhere in March. ‘Cuse is a legitimately dangerous team that could manage to escape the Midwest region if this upward trajectory continues against a talented Gonzaga side.Josh Cohen is a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “Cohen’s Corner,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more