Newcastle is said to be pushing hard to get Arsenal striker Lucas Perez to St. James’ Park before the Premier league kicks off next Sunday afternoon when we will welcome Premier League runners-up Tottenham Hotspur to Newcastle.
Most pundits are pessimistic about Newcastle for the coming season because we haven’t brought in many class players this summer and we’ve spent only about £18M in net terms, and that’s a minuscule amount, especially for a Premier League club.
It’s much less than the local papers had estimated – that amount being £70M plus whatever Rafa could get from outgoing transfers and we already have about £13M from that source with Florian Thauvin, Daryl Murphy and Kevin Mbabu already being sold.
28-year-old Arsenal striker Lucas Perez
It seems it’s a three-way fight for Perez with his old club Deportivo being interested along with Fenerbahce.
The Spaniard is unhappy at not playing too many times last season, and he wants regular first team football next season, so he has a chance to make the Spanish squad for the World Cup in Russia next summer.
He will get first team football at Newcastle, and he will be coached by world-class Rafa Benitez too.
The 28-year-old Spanish joined Arsenal for £17.5M last summer, and Arsenal are holding out for around £13.4M, and Perez’s agent would like to see that dropped to about £10.7M.
His agent is Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle, and this is what he said to Goal yesterday:
“Lucas wants to play but it depends on Arsenal.”
“Arsenal want more money. We want to leave but if there is no agreement he has a contract with Arsenal.”
“The ideal price is about €12m (around £10.7M).”
Rafa Benitez has already gone public saying he likes the player and Rafa said this after the 2-0 win against Hellas Verona on Sunday:
“I like the player because I have good friends in A Coruna.”
“I know that he did really well. He’s come here and not played in many games, but I like the player.”
That seems to be the latest situation on Perez, and we still must have a decent enough chance of signing Perez before Sunday.
Perez must be motivated to play in the Premier League for a world-class Spanish coach at Newcastle next season – who wouldn’t be?
If we can get him that would certainly raise the spirits of Newcastle fans everywhere; he would be a very popular signing for us just before the season starts.
Howay The Lads!!