Arsenal are looking to offload a number of their players and one of those is supposedly Spanish striker Lucas Perez. The 28-year-old only joined the Gunners from Deportivo La Coruna last summer for a fee of around £17million.
However, he struggled for game time with the club from north London and is now looking to move on in search of regular game time elsewhere. According to TalkSport, a number of clubs are trailing the forward this summer.
In-demand this summer
In truth, Lucas Perez is not a terrible player and certainly not the worse forward Arsenal have had in recent memory. However, he was always fighting a losing battle to be a first team regular at Arsenal. He is not quite in the same bracket as Alexandre Lacazette or even arguably Olivier Giroud.
At Deportivo, he scored goals in his last season and showed his ability. At other clubs, he will no doubt score goals again given first team football.
TalkSport claims that Newcastle are interested in signing the striker. Meanwhile his agent Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle has revealed the striker has a number of options this summer. Lovelle told AS: “Two clubs in Spain have already contacted Perez for a transfer, Sevilla also want to sign him, and a German team and Fenerbahce are negotiating to sign the player.”
Down to Arsenal
Lovelle also went on to state that the future of the player is now in the hands of Arsenal, as the forward has three years remaining on his deal in north London. Arsenal are believed to be holding out for a fee in the region of £13.5million. That price in these days of crazy fees is not a massive one.
One of the clubs interested in signing the forward will almost certainly reach an agreement with the Gunners over a deal. The player is surplus to requirements and wants to leave, so it seems a logical solution.
I have to admit I do not mind Lucas Perez. He produced some lively displays for the Gunners last season. He made an impact at times when Arsene Wenger’s side needed an injection of something different.
Unfortunately, Perez now finds himself behind Alexandre Lacazette, and if he stays Olivier Giroud for a starting position up front. The striker will still be clinging to the hope of a call-up to his national squad for next year’s World Cup. However, for that to happen he must be playing regular football in the new campaign.
Who will sign Lucas Perez this summer?