According to the Mirror, Newcastle United are still interested in signing Lucas Perez and are also keeping tabs on Jack Wilshere.
Rafael Benitez has already spoken about his interest in Perez, however, he’s been told he’ll have to stump up at least £13.4 million for the Spaniard to seal a permanent move. Arsenal haven’t ruled out a loan deal for the former Deportivo La Coruna as they look to trim both their head count and wage bill. It’s suggested that Premier League new boys Brighton are also interested.
Wilshere’s future at the Emirates also remains in doubt with Arsene Wenger unable to promise the England international regular first team football. The 25-year-old has one eye on next summer’s World Cup and could call time on his nine-year Arsenal career in order to build on the regular match time he got at Bournemouth on loan last season.
The Sun reports that Wilshere, who suffered a fractured leg at the tail-end of the last campaign, believes he’s fit enough to return to first team action but that Arsene Wenger is keeping him on the sidelines.
Arsenal would prefer to sell Wilshere this summer rather than lose him on a free in 11 months time and are asking for £20 million. Whether Newcastle are willing to splash such a sum on a player with such a worrying injury record, remains to be seen.