As we expected there are a lot of clubs wanting 29-year-old Arsenal striker Lucas Perez this summer after he had a disappointing season at Arsenal – but that was because he wasn’t given much of a chance at the Gunners.
Lucas still managed 7 goals and 5 assists in just 21 appearances for the Gunners – most of which were sub appearances.
In the two and a half years he was at Deportivo before moving to Arsenal last summer he scored 24 goals and had 14 assists in 59 total appearances for the Spanish club.
29-year-old Lucas Perez – would be great signing for us
It seems there is interest in him from several European leagues now and his agent Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle had this to say today – as reported in the Chronicle:
“Lucas Perez is calm, he has to train and worry about preparing for the season. He wants to play, he has said he wants to leave, but we also know that he has a three-year contract with a club that he signed 11 months ago.”
“At least we already have that asking price.”
“We consider it high and disproportionate because in the end he is a player who cost Arsenal €21M (£18.7M) and now comes after a year in which he has not played much and with a repayment of €5m per year to be distributed over four years.”
“It’s important to be clear – it’s impossible that Lucas Perez can go to Deportivo today.”
“To this day the best offer is from Deportivo. There is a lot of interest in the French league, the Turkish league, the Premier League, the Bundesliga.”
“It’s normal, we’re talking about an Arsenal player who did not play a lot there but he’s the only one who scored in four competitions.”
Newcastle seems to be hesitant in this transfer market although we did well to sign two Spanish players – Javier Manquillo and Mikel Merino in the last couple of weeks – and they both came right out of the blue.
We did well to sign them both so quickly and it would be nice if we can do the same thing with three other good players – starting with Lucas Perez – who would seem to be a very popular signing with the fans – if we can get him.