News today in the Chronicle that Rafael Benitez has spoken one on one with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger about the potential transfer of Lucas Perez.
Wenger has admitted clearly that he didn’t give enough playing time to Lucas last season at Arsenal, but as we have already pointed out when Lucas did get a chance in 21 appearances for the Gunners, he scored 7 goals and had 5 assists so did well when he did actually play.
The meeting was face-to-face in London at the Premier League meeting which is taking place at the moment – so Rafa took the opportunity to speak directly to Arsene whom he both likes and respects as a man and a manager.
His former club Deportivo La Coruna seems to be the other club who really want to sign Perez, and they have already had a bid turned down – but it was nowhere near the £13.4M (€15M)
Arsene is looking for his Spanish striker.
This is what Rafa has said on BT Sport today:
“I was talking with Arsene yesterday because we had the managers’ meeting with the Premier League.”
“I said ‘listen, we have to talk’ and he said ‘do you have some money? Let me know’.”
“Obviously you like good players, but it’s too soon to talk about that.”
Perez is 28-years-old, and he would be a terrific signing for us if we can get him to the club.
We can see that left foot of his scoring a lot of goals for Newcastle next season, and it would be a tremendous lift for Newcastle fans if we can sign him this week.
The good relationship between Arsene and Rafa can help us to do just that.