Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez has informed Arsenal he wants to join only them in the January transfer window, say Diario Sport.
The report claims Arsenal boss Unai Emery – who managed him for one season at Sevilla – was decisive in persuading the Galician native to move to North London.
Now the clubs must negotiate a deal, with Barca demanding a permanent sale or a loan with an obligation to buy, while the Gunners are said to be unwilling to move more strongly than simply a temporary deal.
The midfielder, formerly of Sevilla and Villarreal, joined the club from Manchester City in 2013 with Marca reporting last month that Barca are open to selling from €10m upwards.
Suarez has only 18 months left on his deal at the Catalan giants while Valencia are also said to hold an interest but the Premier League ‘is the most likely destination’.
The 25-year-old has played just 17 minutes of La Liga action this campaign and looks set to depart.