Arsenal were strong contenders to sign Belgian international attacker Yannick-Ferreira Carrasco during the just concluded winter transfer window but the Gunners were unable to pull off a transfer for him.
Yannick Carrasco is on the payroll of Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang at the moment having moved there from Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid in February 2018.
BBC journalist David Ornstein has now revealed the reason behind the failure of the Gunners to get a deal over the line for Carrasco.
As reported by the Daily Express, the experienced media personnel said that Carrasco pulled out of the Arsenal transfer after he found out that the North Londoners were not serious about a move for him.
The winger was keen to take a pay cut to return to Europe with Arsenal possibly but the Gunners didn’t do their part.
Arsenal were said to have offered his Chinese club a derisory loan fee which was a far cry from the kind of loan fees that players command in the transfer market these days.
Arsenal wanted a loan deal until the end of this season with the option of a permanent transfer for £25m.
Yannick-Ferreira Carrasco could have been a perfect replacement for the injured Danny Welbeck.
England international is almost certain not to play again this season after suffering a serious ankle injury in November.