Announcement date close as Arsenal poised to announce new January signing

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Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Denis Suarez – but Barcelona are refusing to green light it.

The club has been widely reported in the British media to be keen to sign the 25-year-old Spaniard, whom Emery worked with previously at Sevilla.

According to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.

“On Denis Suarez,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Arsenal agree to loan him for €2-3m and €20-25 in the summer for a permanent.

“It’s what Denis wants.

“But FCB not giving the green light yet (to use him in Cup?)”

The Gunners are thought to have little money to play with, partly due to their high wage bill, meaning a loan deal could be on the cards.

At a news conference after Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over London rivals Chelsea, Emery was asked whether the club was any closer to securing Suarez’s services. He declined to name the player but added:

“I know the club is working with different possibilities if (it) can help us for these four months for our competition.”

Suarez may help resolve a conundrum Emery seems to have been struggling with in the midfield, where he has been reluctant to fit in Mesut Ozil, handing the German midfield playmaker only 12 starts in the Premier League this season.

Midfielder Aaron Ramsey has also been widely reported to be moving to Juventus in the close season after contract-extension talks with Arsenal broke down last September.



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