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Earlier in November, we covered a report from Mundo Deportivo, who claimed Barcelona’s Denis Suarez is on Arsenal’s agenda in the winter market.

A couple of days before that, Spanish newspaper AS suggested joining the Gunners would be the midfielder’s ‘favourite option’ after the La Liga winners gave the green light for his transfer.

Given the pattern of reports, it looked like Suarez had pinpointed Arsenal.

Marca now have a latest update on the 24-year-old as they claim he will leave Camp Nou in January after struggling for regular minutes under Ernesto Valverde this season. The winter move is taken as given, it’s just a question of where to.

A few days ago, a decision was taken to sanction Suarez’s sale after he expressed to his employer his desire to leave the club next month.

It’s claimed the Catalan club will only part ways with the Spaniard if they receive a satisfactory offer for him, which would be around €10-€15m.

Even though there are other clubs interested in the former Villarreal man, his preference is to move to London and Arsenal and Chelsea are on ‘pole position’ to secure his services.

This is another situation where Suarez’s desire for a move to the Gunners is stated.

Maurizio Sarri tried to sign him for Napoli and now wants him at Stamford Bridge and Marca mentions his side were the first to be interested in the player, but the football played under Unai Emery at the Emirates matches Suarez’s style of play, which is why Arsenal have an edge over Chelsea to his signing.

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