According to local press, Lucas Perez is considering a return to Deportivo la Coruña this summer, if Arsene Wenger remains in charge of Arsenal.
Although the Spaniard is happy in London, he has been low down on the manager’s list of forwards, playing very much a bit-part role this season.
Currently sidelined by injury he’s out of consideration again, but La Voz de Galicia says he has ambitions of being part of Spain’s squad for the 2018 World Cup and knows he has to be playing regularly in order to achieve that.
The La Liga outfit would be unable to purchase the player, but would seek to take him back on loan if Arsenal were willing to do that deal.
The 28 year old joined in August for £17m, and despite less playing time than he would have liked, has looked an effective performer.
He scored a Champions League hat-trick but has suffered a couple of injuries which haven’t helped either.
Speaking last month, he said he was settled in London where his father runs an octopus stall in Camden Market.
“Although I’m not a starter, I have a very good relationship with Wenger,” he told Radio Marca.
“A team like Arsenal has very good players, especially in attack. The coach can only choose 11 and the only thing I can do is make the most of the chances I’m given.
“Whenever I’ve played, I’ve done well and that gives me confidence. I have to be patient and continue to fight.”