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ARSENAL have been offered out-of-favour Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez, according to reports.
Suarez has played just eight minutes in La Liga this season with Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde jettisoning the 24-year-old from his plans.
The central midfielder spent two years at Manchester City in his adolescence but never made a senior appearance for the club.
Suarez did enough to garner Barcelona’s interest, however, and impressed in the B team before being loaned out to Sevilla, where a certain Unai Emery coached the diminutive creative midfielder.
The Catalan club sold Suarez to Villarreal in 2015 with a buy-back clause £3.1m, which they exercised after 11 months.
One of those clubs was Arsenal, who could secure the wantaway midfielder for a reported £14million.
Emery could be tempted to accept Barcelona’s overtures, but central midfield is not a priority for the Spanish coach.
The Gunners signed Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira in the position during the summer and there are no fresh injury concerns about the position ahead of the jam-packed festive fixtures.
Central defence is a likelier area in which Arsenal will strengthen, with Konstantinos Mavropanos and Shkodran Mustafi expected to recover just before the window, while Rob Holding’s return date is unknown after a knee injury.
Speaking this week, Emery said: “If we can take one player to help us at centre-back, I think it’s a good option.
“A transfer is not easy and the possibility with Calum [Chambers, on loan to Fulham] is maybe one option, but I don’t know if we can do that.”