More signings to join Suárez at Arsenal?
After clinching deal for Barcelona star, Gunners chasing pair on transfer deadline day
31 January, 2019 — By Steve Barnett
Denis Suárez was signed by Unai Emery on loan during his time at Sevilla
IT’S one new face in and another on the cards for Arsenal as the transfer window reaches its climax.
As the New Journal went to press last night (Wednesday) it was announced that Denis Suárez had completed a loan move to the Emirates Stadium from Barcelona. The Catalan club confirmed that the 25-year-old midfielder (right) will join the Gunners until the end of the season, with an option to make the deal permanent in the summer – although it is believed that the option isn’t compulsory.
Arsenal will pay Suárez’s salary in full, but in a bid to protect their asset Barcelona have extended his contract by 12 months until June 2021, so that if his move to north London doesn’t work out and he returns to the La Liga giants, he would not then enter the final year on his deal.
It’s a promising signing that brings with it a happy reunion, with Gunners gaffer Unai Emery having given Suárez his big break in top-flight football when he signed him on loan for Sevilla from Barcelona B in 2014-15.
A European champion with Spain’s Under-19s team in 2012, the versatile midfielder, who can play in the centre or on the wing, has made just one appearance for the senior side, coming off the bench to make his debut in a game against Bosnia in 2016.
Suárez was due in London yesterday to undergo a medical and finalise personal terms over a loan deal in the region of £2.1million. Arsenal will then pay around £20million if they decide to make the deal permanent.
With one signing in the bag – arguably the one that Emery wanted the most – Arsenal will now turn their attentions to further adding to their squad before tonight’s (Thursday) 11pm deadline.
They are also interested in loan moves for either Belgium winger Yannick Carrasco, who is at Dalian Yifang in China, or Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic. Both deals pose the same potential snags, however, with their respective clubs rumoured to only be interested in permanent sales. Both are valued in the region of £35million.
It looked like a deal for Perisic was close with the Croatian international even handing in a transfer request in an effort to push through an agreement, but Inter are so far holding firm.