Reports over the weekend claim that Newcastle United are set to target Lucas Perez as his dream move back to Deportivo la Coruña stalls.
The Spanish side have offered €9m thus far, much less than the €15m the Gunners are seeking, and the newly promoted Magpies have apparently earmarked him as a potential recruit.
There’s a Spanish influence at St James’ Park, of course, with Rafa Benitez in charge, and that may be a lure for the 28 year old striker.
Interestingly, at his press conference yesterday Arsene Wenger seemed to suggest that Perez was part of his plans, and that the only reason he wasn’t in the squad for the Emirates Cup was because of injury.
However, with record signing Alexandre Lacazette, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, and Danny Welbeck all seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order, he seems an obvious choice to trim some fat from a squad that Arsene Wenger has already described as ‘heavy‘.
It’s also unlikely that Depor will be able to go as high as €15m, so Perez may have to reassess his options as the transfer window enters its final month from tomorrow.