Valencia’s director general has confirmed that the club are considering a move for Denis Suarez who seems certain to leave Barcelona this summer and has been linked with a permanent move to Arsenal.
There was some surprise when Denis Suarez was spotted with Arsenal’s Europa League squad on Wednesday.
The player was supposed to be back with Barcelona to undergo treatment on the groin injury that limited him to just six appearances with Arsenal but there he was, taking up a spot that could have went to an Arsenal youngster.
Denis Suarez in the building pic.twitter.com/AbZDKPwWJr
— MoeyJr (@WeMoveAFC) May 28, 2019
Although it has been largely claimed that Arsenal have no desire to sign Suarez, that changed mid-week when it was claimed:
After #EL’s final there will be a new contacts between #Arsenal and #Barcelona about Samuel #Umtiti, who is the #Emery’s first choice for defense. They will speak about #DenisSuarez, who would like to remain with #Gunners. #transfers #AFC
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) May 28, 2019
Ongoing interest from Arsenal would help explain his appearance in Baku but, at this point, it is all speculation.
What isn’t speculation, however, is Valencia’s interest in the 25-year-old.
The above article from the Spanish publication ‘Sport,’ reads [via Google translate]:
“Mateu Alemany, director general of Valencia, confirmed that Denis Suárez is one of the options that manage the club ‘che’ to strengthen in this summer market. To the orders of Marcelino, the player galician Barça (who has played the last few months on loan at Arsenal) enjoyed his best season as a player at Villarreal and the opportunity to sign for Valencia seduces her. Denis, who has only been able to play six matches with Arsenal due to an injury, has an existing contract with Barca until June 2021.”
In total, Suarez played just 95 minutes for the Gunners.
Compared to Kim Kallstrom, who arrived with a broken back and went on to become the yardstick for all future loans, the Spaniard performed poorly. The Swede played 135 minutes to Suarez’s 95 and, of course, scored a penalty against Wigan in the FA Cup semi-final that helped Arsenal reach the final in 2014.