Arsenal boss Unai Emery is hopeful that the potential arrive of Denis Suarez from Barcelona will help solve the club’s shortage of wingers.
RAC1 and Cadena Cope are among the outlets to report on a loan deal, which will see the Gunners hold a non-compulsory purchase option at the end of the campaign, while Diario Sport say the operation will cost €2.5m.
Various reports have linked the 25-year-old with a January transfer and he has only played 17 minutes of La Liga action this season and is mainly deployed in the Copa del Rey.
“We need wingers and Suárez, who I know, has this quality,” Emery told reporters, in quotes cited by Diario AS.
“The physical side of the English game? I do not know how he will cope. It is a challenge for him, and also it will be a challenge for him to help us.”
The midfielder, formerly of Sevilla – where he played under Arsenal boss Unai Emery – and Villarreal, joined the club from Manchester City in 2013 and has just 18 months left of his contract at the Camp Nou.
There are suggestions that such a move will see Denis extend his contract by a further year until June 2021, to protect Barca against a financial loss.