Arsenal reportedly tracking Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco with Arsene Wenger willing to pay £44m in summer

ARSENAL are reportedly eyeing a move for Belgian winger Yannick Carrasco from Atletico Madrid.

Arsene Wenger has vowed to strengthen his attack since the departure of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United.

Wenger is believed to be a fan of the attacker and is willing to pay £44million to acquire his services in the summer, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo.

Carrasco is highly rated in Spain and would be a formidable threat as a part of the Gunners revamped front line next season.

But the wide-man's contract at the Wanda Metropolitana isn't due to expire until 2020 and Carrasco comes with a £88m release clause.

Though manager Diego Simeone has struggled to deal with the 24-year old who has had a tumultuous stay in Madrid having had several run-ins with team-mates and coaches.

The Argentinian manager was thought to have made Carrasco available this winter having been left disappointed with his performances.

The winger has scored just four times in 26 appearances in all competitions for Atletico this season.

Wenger has reportedly been watching the Belgium international for a number of years and was particularly impressed with his performances in the Champions League three years ago.

Carrasco – aged just 21 at the time – scored his first Champions League goal for Monaco in a 3-1 win over the Gunners at the Emirates.

His goal came in stoppage time after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain infamously gave the ball away immediately after scoring.

Carrasco is in his third season with the La Liga outfit after spending three seasons in Monaco where he scored 20 goals in 105 appearances.

The Gunners will face competition from Juventus who have also reportedly asked about the players situation.

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