Last week it was reported that Denis Suarez’s loan deal to Arsenal was off after the two clubs failed to reach an arrangement that would satisfy both parties.
The Catalans wanted to include an option which would require the Gunners to purchase the player; we wouldn’t commit to that and so an impasse was reached and negotiations were broken off.
In a little snippet in today’s El Mundo Deportivo though, it seems as if there might be some bad blood between Raul Sanllehi and his former colleagues at the Camp Nou.
Some might have hoped that his relationship with Barcelona, where he served as Director of Football, might have been of benefit to us when negotiating with them, but they have accused him of making it a ‘personal matter’.
It tallies with something we heard last week, and although there aren’t any details per se, it seems that there is a clash of personalities between Arsenal’s new Head of Football and the La Liga champions.
Now, if this is a case that Sanllehi has played hard ball and refused to do a deal which would oblige Arsenal to buy a fairly average player who has barely played this season and can’t get into the Barcelona team, then it could be seen as him maintaining a tough stance for the good of his current club, and it’s hard to argue with that even if we are desperate to boost the squad this month.
Also, this is a timely Tweet from Sid Lowe, not specifically about Barcelona and Arsenal, but it’s worth taking into account:
As the transfer window comes to a close, worth another reminder that football clubs lie. A lot.
— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) January 29, 2019
Experience has taught us that when it comes to transfers you always have to be suspicious of Barcelona and what they make public via their friends in the media.
The inability to sign Suarez probably informs the attempts to bring in Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic on loan, but again there’s a stumbling block as the Italians also want a purchase clause included.
There are reports that the two clubs yesterday made progress in that regard, but it remains to be seen how far down the line this one will go.
The window closes on Thursday evening, and the clock is ticking.