Arsenal boss Unai Emery has reportedly given the go-ahead for the club to negotiate the transfer of Yannick Ferreira Carrasco from Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang.
The Belgium international joined the Far East club from Atletico Madrid in a surprise transfer in February last year and he has since impressed reasonably with seven goals and five assists for the team.
Despite this, he has not entirely settled with the Chinese outfit and Footmercato claims that the attacker is keen on a return to his home continent in the current transfer window.
It is added that the Gunners are leading the race for his signature with manager Emery giving the green light for the club to recruit the former Monaco man.
Still, the deal does not remain straightforward for the Gunners, given they are unlikely to be able to discuss a permanent move for the attacker in the current transfer window.
Emery has already acknowledged that the club are seeking potential loan deals for the window with the obligation to buy and such kind of approach could hamper their prospects of signing Carrasco.
Arsenal have already been tipped to pursue the services of Denis Suarez from Barcelona but they are experiencing a similar predicament with the Spanish club wanting a straight-cash deal for the Spaniard.