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Suarez closes in on deadline day loan to Arsenal


New deal: Barca’s Denis Suarez
New deal: Barca’s Denis Suarez

By Peter Jordan

Arsenal are set to complete a loan move for Barcelona playmaker Denis Suarez.

Gunners head coach Unai Emery worked with the Spaniard while at Sevilla and is keen to bring the 25-year-old to the Emirates Stadium ahead of tonight's transfer window deadline.

Barcelona yesterday confirmed that Suarez had agreed a contract extension until 2021 and revealed he would now spend the rest of the current season at Arsenal, with an option to buy.

The La Liga leaders, though, later removed the article from their website, with the Gunners yet to make any announcement.

Arsenal have also been linked with moves for Belgian winger Yannick Carrasco from Chinese club Dalian Yifang as well as Inter Milan's Croatian international Ivan Perisic.

West Ham confirmed another new arrival yesterday, with Portugal Under-20 international forward Mesaque Dju having signed from Benfica on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

The 19-year-old is set to feature for the Under-23 squad.

The Irons are also said to be close to agreeing a deal to secure the signing of striker Maxi Gomez from Celta Vigo, with the player expected to remain at the Spanish club until the end of the season.

Schalke, meanwhile, completed a permanent deal for Wales winger Rabbi Matondo from Manchester City.

The 18-year-old never made a first-team appearance at City, but was regarded as one of their most promising academy players.

Newcastle United boosted their Premier League survival hopes with a shock 2-1 win over Manchester City on Tuesday night, and look set to bring in Paraguayan midfielder Miguel Almiron in a club-record move from Atlanta United.

The 24-year-old has reportedly been undergoing the final details of his transfer on Tyneside ahead of a £21million switch to St James' Park.

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini could, meanwhile, be on his way to the Chinese Super League, while Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans has been linked with several clubs including Leicester, Newcastle, West Ham and Arsenal.

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