Barcelona drop Denis Suarez for new signing Kevin-Prince Boateng amid Arsenal links

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What the future holds for Barcelona's Denis Suarez is anyone's guess at the moment.

A loan move to Arsenal seemed to be on the cards after the Spaniard expressed interest in reuniting with Unai Emery, who he worked under at Sevilla.

Arsenal can't buy players this month due to a lack of money, so signing Suarez on loan with a view to a permanent transfer in the summer worked for them.

However, Barcelona wanted a fee up front for Suarez to guarantee his long-term departure, which isn't possible for the Gunners.

Barca manager Ernesto Valverde even said on Tuesday that Suarez leaving Barcelona is "possible", so ultimately it's all down to Arsenal to make a deal happen.

"We are happy with the squad but there are always chances for departures for those who maybe do not feature as often," Valverde explained, per Sky Sports.

"Those players could stay here and we would be happy or they could leave in search of more opportunities. We will evaluate all possibilities for them.

"I don't think there will be any more arrivals. It is possible that Denis will leave but I don't know what will happen. [Kevin-Prince] Boateng has come in because Munir [El Haddadi] went out."

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Arsenal were then dealt a blow on Wednesday as reports from Spain stated that Suarez has decided to stay at Barcelona until the end of the season.

The 25-year-old's stance could change over the next 24 hours, though, after his relationship with Barca and Valverde hit rock bottom.

Barcelona's Spanish Twitter account, @FCBarcelona_es, has confirmed that Suarez has been dropped for the Copa del Rey quarter-final with Sevilla in place of Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Boateng only joined the Blaugrana on Tuesday, yet Valverde has named the 31-year-old in his squad to face Sevilla on Wednesday night and "discarded" Suarez.

The tweet translates to: "Last minute: Once the Prince's transfer is confirmed, the list of summons for today's match against Sevilla FC is 18 players. Denis Suarez is the discarded."

Ouch. It's become abundantly clear that Valverde doesn't see Suarez's future at Barcelona, so perhaps the Spanish midfielder should reconsider his options.

Arsenal need to do their bit, too, after failing to agree a mandatory purchase clause that would see Suarez join permanently in the summer.

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