There have been more developments with the situation of Newcastle striker target 28-year-old Arsenal striker Lucas Perez.
GOAL reported yesterday that Perez has handed in an official transfer request at Arsenal to try to force the move.
The Gunners are said to have placed a fee of €15m on his head which is about £13.4M, so there’s no difference in the price that’s been reported over the last week or two.
Lucas Perez – submits transfer request to Arsenal
Deportivo has already made a bid for their former striker, and now there’s news from his agent that a second Spanish club Sevilla is interested in signing him.
This is what his representative Rodrigo Fernandez had to say:
“Two clubs in Spain have already contacted Perez for a transfer, Sevilla also wants to sign him, and a German team and Fenerbahce are negotiating to sign the player.”
There seem to be more clubs coming in for him which could be a problem for the Magpies.
But the news that both Sevilla and Deportivo was first reported almost two months ago in mid-June by his agent so it shouldn’t come as a surprise – but this saga is another one for Newcastle and it seems to be dragging on to some conclusion down the road.
We hope that conclusion is that Newcastle gets their man.
Arsenal signed Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna last summer for a fee of around £17M so he’s now£4M cheaper and he had a decent season when given the playing time last term.
He scored 7 goals and had 5 assists in the 21 appearances he made for the Gunners.
It remains to be seen whether these developments alter Newcastle’s stance in any way.
That position is to refuse to pay the £13.4M and instead try to get a season loan deal negotiated with Arsenal – presumably that contains an option to buy or an obligation to buy the player after he’s played a certain number of games for Newcastle.
We would hope that Newcastle can get a deal struck with Arsenal for Lucas Perez and sooner rather than later.
But Newcastle must become more decisive in the transfer market if we are to get some top players in during this last month of the window.