Robson Sharukko, senior sports editor
Belgian world champion Janik Karasco, who formed a good partnership with Zimbabwe in the international football team, Nisha Mousshev last season in the Chinese Super League, could now seal a passage from Dalian Yifang of billions of dollars to English giants Arsenal.
If the deal passes, despite concerns that there will not be enough time to complete, it could be another demonstration by the Chinese Super League that there are many precious stones in its stable state.
Sky Italia and numerous media reports in the UK yesterday discovered that there are ongoing talks between the Gunners and the representatives of the 25-year-old Belgian World Cup star to bring him to London to play in the English Championship.
Arsenal are believed to have turned to Carrasco after failing to attract another star at the 2018 World Cup, Ivan Perisic, who tried to make a move from the Italian center of Inter Milan earlier this week.
The Serie A side rejected numerous attempts by the Gunners to take Perisic, initially on loan, in order to sign a permanent contract for the winger, which was one of the great players for his country, as they reached the final of the 2018 World Cup .
And, according to several reports, Arsenal are now trying to get Carrasco who moved to the Chinese Super League from the Spanish side in Atletico Madrid in February last year, in an agreement taken by the Argentine midfielder Nicolas Gaitan to Dalian Yifang.
The Carrasco deal was worth about $ 30 million with a Belgian star who earns $ 9 million annually for his career in the Chinese Super League.
Karasso made 25 appearances for Dalian Yifang, scored seven goals and secured five assists, including providing Muscovites with some of the opportunities that resulted in Zimbabwe reaching 15 goals, the best return for his club last year.
The Belgian star formed a good combination with Mushekwi and the duo played a major role in helping Yifang find a way to secure his place in the Chinese Super League for another season.
That Carrasco attracts the interests of a club like Arsenal, silences critics' voices, including the number of the domestic front, which questions the quality of the Chinese Super League and dismisses it as a retirement area.
The same critics are constantly wondering if Mushekwi still deserves a place in the warriors, claiming he does not play high to guarantee a guarantee in the team, arguing that the Chinese Super League does not match their description of a very competitive league.
That a player like Carrasco may even come from there and play an influential role for Belgium in their successful 2018 World Cup campaign seems to have done very little to silence their voices.
Even when the Brazilian midfielder Paulinho moved directly to Barcelona, starting with XI, and Belgian star Axel Vitzel sealed $ 23 million from Tianjin Kwanzian to the German giants Borussia Dortmund after last year's World Cup finals, he did not convince these critics that he had quality in the Chinese Super League.
Now, it seems, another star of that league could be on his way to Arsenal before closing the transfer window today.
Karrasco's agent Christophe Henrote said that although he would be "tough" to finish the player's move in this last hour, he could not dismiss anything.
"Everything is possible," he told Radio Rosoner.
& # 39; & # 39; But it's hard to do, because it will be a decisive and quick move by the interested clubs involved to discuss and deal with the current Carrasco club. & # 39; & # 39;
He also discussed the problem with Inter Diffendenza.
"There is a lot of interest in Janik from all over Europe, because his family has problems adapting to China," Henrothei said.
"He is concerned about his family, which is quite normal. He has a lot of respect for his current club, Dalian, because he loves them, because they are a great team with a lot of history.
"He wants to be honest with them, and that's why he talks to the club, informing them that he is not 100% focused on the difficulties of his family.
"Janik is very focused on the job, but his family is different. He has too much respect for the club not to tell them.
"There is a chance for Dalian to reward this honesty and to talk with clubs interested in him."
There were reports late yesterday that Italian giants Milan also joined the race to try and secure the signature of Carrasco in this last hour.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery said he could bring a player or two.
"When we have the opportunity to buy different high quality players to help us with their performance, we can do it," Emery told British media this week.
"At present, although the club tells me that this is not a good time to buy new players.
& # 39; & # 39; But the club told me that summer would be different. And we will have a chance to take and spend money to buy players.
"If we look at the other teams on this transfer market, it's very difficult for them. Only Chelsea have signed up someone, with (Gonzalo Higuain changing with (Alvaro) Morata."
The massive interest in Carasco also shows that Mushekwi plays together with high-quality players, which he credits with the way he exploded in his first season in the Chinese Super League in Dalian Yifang.
After being ignored by the first team, after the arrival of Karasco and Gaitan, at the beginning of last season, Muskete returned with a bang because he scored a number of goals that were crucial to helping his team retain their place in the Chinese Super league.