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Denis Suarez is expected to seal his exit to Arsenal this week, joining on loan with a compulsory purchase clause in his contract for the end of the season, according to reports.

Tuesday’s Mundo Deportivo writes that this week is ‘decisive’ for Suarez’s future. He’s ‘expected to seal his exit to Arsenal on loan’, as the Spanish outlet claim Arsenal aren’t in a position to pay a transfer fee now. As a result, Barcelona want to include a compulsory purchase option in the loan deal to be activated at the end of the season.

Tuesday’s edition of AS reports a similar story. They reveal that Suarez has a contract with Barcelona until 2020, and a release clause of €50m. However, the Catalan club are only asking for €20m to complete a sale.

Nonetheless, it seems Arsenal can’t spare the funds right now, so AS also suggest a loan with a compulsory purchase option is the most likely outcome.

For now, the player is continuing to train normally with the team, at the orders of manager Ernesto Valverde.

Barcelona took Suarez with them for their trip to Getafe over the weekend, but they ended up withdrawing him from the squad for unspecified reasons.

It could just be that he was the 19th man, and wasn’t required on that occasion. However, rumours suggest Barcelona have to pay Manchester City €800,000 the next time Suarez makes an appearance for them, due to a clause in his contract.

As a result, Barcelona would presumably prefer to be sure whether Suarez is staying or not.

If he’s going to leave in the next few weeks, then just one game isn’t worth €800,000. If he stays, then it’s worth paying the appearance bonus so he can play multiple games before the end of the season.

We’ll see if negotiations reach a conclusion in the next week, as reported.