Arsenal have completed the loan signing of Denis Suarez from Barcelona until the end of the season.
After protracted negotiations, the 25 year old will line out for the Gunners who will have an option to make the deal permanent in the summer, but there is no obligation.
The move came after the former Man City and Villarreal man signed a contract extension at the Camp Nou, which would allow Barcelona to cash in if and when they decide to sell. His previous deal would have run out at the end of next season.
Suarez could be in the squad to face his old club on Sunday when Arsenal travel to the Etihad Stadium.
Unai Emery has been keen to boost his squad this month despite being told he could only loan players before real funds become available this summer.
The midfielder is a player he knows well from his time as Sevilla manager, taking him on loan during their Europa League winning campaign in 2015-16.
Let’s hope that he can hit the ground running. There’s still plenty of football left for us this season, but Suarez has played so little for Barcelona that you have to wonder how sharp he’ll be.
On the other hand, he certainly won’t be fatigued, so perhaps the fresh legs will be of great use to us between now and May.
Welcome on board.
Barcelona have since deleted the announcement from their website, citing a ‘technical error’ according to Football London.