The decision is taken. Denis Suarez will leave Barcelona in the winter window if his club and Arsenal strike a deal. Although the Galician has had a lot of offers, Unai Emery has won him over and he wants to join the Gunners.
The player's thumbs up was essential to advance the conversations. Now the two sides can try to reach a deal. Barca want a transfer fee but clubs aren't keen to invest much in January. The Catalans are looking at other options, like a loan with an obligatory option to buy. Denis's contract expires in 2020.
Rafinha Alcantara is a precedent. Barca loaned him to Inter Milan, who were supposed to pay 35m to sign him in the summer - but they did not go through on the deal. Denis had offers from Milan and Valencia but he wants to go to London.
Denis knows Unai Emery first-hand from his time at Sevilla. Even though the coach stopped couting on him during the second half of the 2014-15 season, the relationship stayed strong. The former PSG coach would like him at the Emirates now, with the clubs set to negotiate in the coming days.