Arsenal managed to land Barcelona’s Denis Suarez on loan until the end of the season and although the Spanish Champions have extended the 25-year-old's contract until June 2021, the Gunners have a purchase option in the summer. But will they regret not completing deals on other stars they were in for?
Manager Unai Emery knows the new addition well after they spent the 2014/2015 together at Sevilla, but Gunners fans have been left feeling slightly short changed after several other rumoured transfer targets never materialised.
The first of which was Belgian international Yannick Carrasco. The 25-year-old left Atletico Madrid to join Chinese club Dalian Yifang which was a strange move as the winger was in and around Cholo Simeone’s team at the time and even scored in the 2016 Champions League Final against Real Madrid. The Chinese outfit deemed the Gunners’ loan fee bid too low and the Belgian will stay put.
Another rumoured target was Ivan Perisic who is reported to be edging for a move out of Inter Milan. The 29-year-old wanted to join on loan but the Italian club would only sanction a permanent move and the North-Londoners missed out on another.
The signing of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Christopher Nkunku was said to have been all but complete, but negotiations failed as, yet again, the two sides disagreed over the size of the fee that Arsenal wanted pay to take the youngster on loan.