Arsenal have announced that Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez has signed on loan for the rest of the season.
The news comes nearly 24 hours after a ‘technical hitch’ at the Nou Camp led to their editorial team publishing their own confirmation; a post that was quickly deleted.
Finally, the notification you’ve all been waiting for ?
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 31, 2019
As we wrote yesterday, to preserve his market value, the 25-year-old has signed a one-year contract extension at the Nou Camp. While the Gunners will have the option to buy Suarez for €25 million in the summer, the fact he’s committed to the Catalans until 2021, gives Barca enough room to find another buyer should we not be interested.
Suarez signed for Manchester City from Celta Vigo’s youth ranks in 2011 but struggled to earn regular first team football at the Etihad. Despite only having a couple of League Cup appearances to his name, Barcelona snapped him up in 2013 and he went on to impress for their B team.
A loan move to Sevilla, where he worked with Unai Emery and scored sic goals in 46 appearances, consolidated his reputation as an up-and-coming talent and led to a move to Villarreal. After a single season at El Madrigal, Barca activated a buyback option in his contract, snapping him up for just €3.5 million in the summer of 2016. He’s been in and out of the Barca first team ever since, a situation that has frustrated him.
Having already tasted life in England, he should have few problems acclimatising. He could even make his debut against his old club when we travel to the Etihad this weekend.
For the second time, welcome Denis.