£13.5m bid accepted: Arsenal announce the arrival of first January signing

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Arsenal have put forward a proposal to sign Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez but face competition from Chelsea for his signature, according to reports from Spain.

Suarez was part of the youth set-up at Manchester City but failed to make the breakthrough in to the first team during his four-year spell at the club before joining Barcelona in the summer of 2013.

The Spaniard spent two years in the Barca B team before joining Villarreal but the midfielder re-joined the Catalans just 12 months later after they activated a buy-back clause and he’s gone on to make 69 appearances for the first team.

However, Suarez has struggled to make an impression under Ernesto Valverde this season having played just 8 minutes of La Liga football so far and the 24-year-old has admitted he may need to leave in order to secure regular first team football.

His situation has alerted clubs here in the Premier League as Marca reported last month that Arsenal and Chelsea have expressed their interest and are in pole position to sign Suarez during the January transfer window.

The Spanish newspaper said Barcelona had made it clear to the player he wasn’t going to be a regular and they are willing to cash-in this month. Suarez has a release clause worth around £45m but with just 18 months left on his deal, Marca says Barca will sell if an offer worth in the region of £13.5m was put on the table.

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