Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Evening Updates: Arsenal close to Suarez loan

Denis Suarez has featured mostly as a substitute for Barcelona this season

Arsenal are close to agreeing a deal for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez, Sky Sports News understands.

The deal is expected to be a loan with an option to make it permanent.

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde said the deal is "not official yet", but that "it was something that all parties wanted and hope it goes well".

Reports in Spain claim Barcelona will extend Suarez's contract until 2021 to protect their asset. Suarez has entered the final 18 months of his current deal.

Unai Emery said on Monday that Arsenal could recruit up to two players before the January transfer window closes on Thursday.

The Arsenal boss has previously stated his preference for loan deals in January for players who can improve his squad.

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