It sounds as though there may have been a breakthrough in negotiations with Barcelona as we looked to snaffle Denis Suarez for the rest of the season.
It sounded like the deal was dead, but Spanish radio station Cadena COPE claims the 25-year-old has agreed to a one-year contract extension at the Nou Camp which will preserve the player’s market value should Arsenal opt against activating a €25 million option-to-buy clause at the end of his proposed six-month loan.
After weeks of wrangling and media speculation – including suggestions that the Catalans were less than impressed by Raul Sanllehi’s behaviour – it looks as though Emery will get Suarez on loan before Thursday’s transfer deadline. It means he could be available to face his former club Manchester City on Sunday.
Suarez started his career at Celta Vigo before moving to the Etihad in 2011 where he spent a couple of years in the club’s youth ranks. After only two League Cup appearances for City, he was snapped up by Barcelona in 2013 but initially only featured for their B team before being sent on loan to Sevilla where he scored six goals in 46 appearances for Emery.
Villarreal signed Suarez on a four-year contract in 2015 and he went on to play 48 times in an impressive first season. Having inserted a buyback clause in his contract, Barcelona re-signed him, this time for €3.5 million, and he’s been in and out of the team ever since at the Nou Camp.
We’re now just waiting on official confirmation. It also means we can dedicate 48 hours to getting another deal over the line, or another 48 hours of this deal not getting done because someone doesn’t like someone else’s face. Or something.