Over the last few weeks, Arsenal has been linked with a ton of players in every single position and two of those players, Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser and Dalian Yifang’s Yannick Carrasco have had as much, if not more, written about their links with us than almost any other player.
In fact, it was being reported that Carrasco was on the verge of signing with us but as in politics, a week in football is a very long time.
Today, as I was going through the latest Arsenal news, two headlines, in particular, popped up declaring that both players will not be signing for us this summer.
This one was from the Daily Star in relation to Fraser, “Arsenal transfer target closes door on Emirates move amid asking price”
This one from the Daily Mail regarding Carrasco, “Arsenal ‘out of race to sign £30million Yannick Carrasco’ with just £45m to rebuild the squad this summer”
Now, I just know that by tomorrow there will be more headlines stating that one or both will, in fact, be signing for us this summer.
Well, this is how I see it.
Both players could easily be Gunners by the end of the summer, neither is priced out of our reach and with the inevitable player sales we could afford both.
Agents play a massive role in disinformation, they want to drive the price up as much as possible so they can get their cut and I see their hands at play here right now.
Look at the facts, Fraser has not signed a new contract and has just 12 months left on his contract, his club confirmed this yesterday, that is a cold hard fact.
Carrasco is desperate to leave China, he has made that publicly clear, that is a fact.
So the facts are clear, both players want to leave their current clubs and that puts them in play and it is all about who is willing to pay their respective asking prices.
I simply do not believe that we are out of the running for either player and nothing I have read today has convinced me otherwise.