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Arsenal eventually got their wish as Barcelona altered a £20m option to buy Suarez permanently from an obligation to an option, giving Arsenal the choice over whether they want him in their squad come the end of the season, while he also agreed a one-year contract extension to ensure he does not enter the final year of his deal next season.
The statement revealed that Suarez, who has one cap for Spain, has also agreed a new contract with Barcelona to protect his market value should a permanent move to the Emirates not work out, with his new deal expiring in June 2021.
He will link up again with Arsenal boss Unai Emery, who he worked with during a loan spell at Sevilla during the 2014-15 season. Arsenal will be paying Suarez’s wages during his loan spell.
Suarez played 71 games in three seasons with the first team at Barcelona, scoring eight goals and has won five trophies: La Liga, two Copas del Rey and two Spanish Super Cups.
Here is a screenshot of Barcelona’s statement from their official website.