Arsenal manager Unai Emery is set to send Denis Suarez back to Barcelona when his loan spell ends, per The Sun.
The 25-year-old joined the club on loan in January and the aforementioned report claims the Gunners hold the option to buy Suarez in the summer for £18million; a clause they are unlikely to exercise.
Suarez has flattered to deceive since arriving in England and has yet to start a game for the Gunners.
Per Transfermarkt, Suarez has not played more than 24 minutes for the club, with that cameo coming in a 3-1 loss to Manchester City.
The Sun claim that manager Unai Emery is worried about the chances of the midfielder adapting to life in England.
Indeed, they state that Emery is already planning the club’s summer signings and is considering alternatives, such as PSG winger Christopher Nkunku.
The London Evening Standard reported in January that the former Sevilla boss wanted the club to sign Suarez permanently, but he is now likely to be sent packing this summer.
Emery clearly cannot lead the club’s transfer strategy if Suarez is a sign of things to come.
He wanted Arsenal to pay up to secure him on a permanent basis but, since he arrived on loan, the manager has deemed him unworthy of starting games for the club.
The silver lining here, of course, is that Arsenal have not committed to major investment and can cut their losses in the summer.
But it should ring alarm bells for fans who have seen Arsene Wenger bring in numerous players who have failed to make the grade at the club over the years.
Perhaps it is merely growing pains and Emery has not yet worked out the attributes needed by top Premier League players.
Or maybe he cannot be trusted to identify the club’s signings; Suarez already looks destined to be a disappointing flop.