Barcelona have agreed personal terms with Denis Suarez, in a move that takes the Spaniard one step closer to becoming the Catalans' first signing of the summer, according to local media. The current La Liga champions had already made their desire to re-sign the player from Villarreal known in recent times, but questions arose following revelations Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Napoli were all keen on his signature.
Barcelona have the option to bring Suarez back to the Nou Camp by paying just €3.5m (£2.7m) to Villarreal, having included a buy-back clause in the deal that saw him move to the Yellow Submarine last summer.
Barcelona technical director Robert Fernandez revealed earlier this month that the Catalans had decided to trigger that clause to re-sign Suarez after the versatile midfielder proved to be one of the sensations of La Liga during the 2015-2016 campaign.
"Villarreal have already been told about [Barcelona's intention] to re-sign the player. From 1 July, more or less, they will be notified about his return," Fernandez then admitted.
But just days later Barcelona put the deal under doubt with a more cautious statement on their official website, which said: "Unless there are any last-minute changes, Denis Suarez will be part of the FC Barcelona first-team in the 2016-17 season."
At the time, Sport suggested the "last-minute" problem was Suarez requesting a pay-rise, along with other interested clubs still being able to sign the playmaker before 1 July if they tabled a better offer.
If another team came through with a higher offer, Barcelona would have three days to match that value. The deal came under question after both Sport themselves and Mundo Deportivo said Suarez had received offers from Arsenal, Mauricio Pochettino's side and Napoli to snub Barcelona for them.
However, Suarez was understood to have his heart set on Barcelona, and Spanish media is now reporting the saga is over, with the player agreeing personal terms for a move to the Nou Camp. The deal is now pending official confirmation, which will come on 1 Jule.
AS claims that a pending €20m offer from an unnamed Premier League forced Barcelona into reacting quickly. The club's officials and Suarez's agents met on Thursday to iron out the terms of his new contract.
Sport claims the four-year-deal agreement include's a new release clause of €50m. Marca, meanwhile, adds that following the signing of Suarez the club will step up the negotiations to bolster their back-line.
Barcelona signed Suarez in the summer of 2013 from Manchester City's academy. He spent a loan season at Sevilla in the 2014-15 campaign before being sold to Villarreal in the summer of 2015.