Unai Emery has said Arsenal will be able to sign players only on loan this month. The Arsenal manager, who does not have a problem with Aaron Ramsey agreeing to join Juventus on a free transfer at the end of the season, has been linked with moves for Barcelona’s Denis Suárez and Sevilla’s Éver Banega.
He expressed admiration for Banega in particular before admitting it is unlikely he will be given funds for permanent signings in January.
“We cannot sign permanently,” Emery said. “We can only loan players. I know the club is working on possibilities of which players can help us with big performances like we need now. I cannot say more.”
Emery worked with Banega and Suárez at Sevilla. Suárez, who joined Barcelona from Manchester City in 2013, is out of favour and he would help to solve Arsenal’s lack of attacking width. It remains to be seen whether the club can secure a loan for the 25-year-old. It is thought Barcelona want £10m for Suárez.
Emery respects Ramsey’s decision to join Juventus on a five-year deal worth £36m. The player’s future has been up in the air since Arsenal withdrew their contract offer this season. Emery’s only demand is that the 27-year-old continues to show commitment.