Denis Suarez has reportedly rejected a contract extension with Barcelona and dropped out of their squad to face Sevilla, despite claims that Arsenal negotiations have broken down.

WARSAW, POLAND - MAY 26: Gerard Deulofeu and Denis Suarez in action during an FC Sevilla training session on the eve of the UEFA Europa League Final against FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk at the National Stadium on May 26, 2015 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND – MAY 26: Gerard Deulofeu and Denis Suarez in action during an FC Sevilla training session on the eve of the UEFA Europa League Final against FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk at the National Stadium on May 26, 2015, in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The Denis Suarez transfer saga has taken a number of twists and turns in the last week. On Monday, we got confirmation from David Ornstein that the rumours were true, and Arsenal really were interested in a loan move.

Less than two days later, it seems talks have broken down. Wednesday’s Mundo Deportivo reports that Arsenal offered €2m as a loan fee, as requested, but wouldn’t commit to a compulsory purchase clause in the summer.

In order to accommodate an option-to-buy instead, Barcelona wanted to extend Suarez’s contract by a year. That way, if Arsenal didn’t take up the option, the La Liga club would protect the value of their investment. However, the 25-year-old rejected the extension, negotiations ended, and it seemed Suarez was set to stay until the end of the season.

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“Barca and Arsenal break up the negotiations for Denis” Mundo Deportivo, 23 January 2019

Now the story has taken another twist, as Barcelona have confirmed Suarez has been pulled out of their Copa Del Rey squad to face Sevilla. The midfielder had appeared in every round of the competition so far, but he was replaced by new signing Kevin-Prince Boateng in Wednesday’s squad.

You’d think this would only drive the player to push for a move even harder. If Barcelona aren’t even going to use Suarez as a substitute in cup games anymore, there’s hardly any point keeping him. I wouldn’t write off another late change of heart from one side or another in the final week of the transfer window.

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