According to a report in Portuguese newspaper A Bola, Arsenal and Sporting Lisbon have agreed a €5m transfer fee for Lucas Perez.
However, the deal remains far from assured as there’s a wages issue: the Spaniard is currently on €3.5m a year with the Gunners, while Sporting can ‘only’ afford a salary of €2m per annum.
Given that Arsenal paid £17.5m for the 29 year old who will be 30 next month but until that time remains 29 because that’s how it works, the acceptance of such a low fee may be a way of accepting a deal which will help the buying club pay a bit more in wages.
Whether they can or not remains to be seen, and if not it’s hard to convince anyone to take a pay cut of €1.5m.
Perez was a bit-part player under Arsene Wenger in his first season with the club, and then had an unsuccessful loan spell last season with his hometown club Deportivo la Coruna. He was the subject of criticism for fans during the campaign which ultimately saw them relegated from La Liga.
The forward was not included in the squad for the midweek trip to Dublin, and it seems he’s very much surplus to requirements.
Perez has also been linked this summer with tonight’s opponents Lazio, as well as fellow Serie A side Frosinone.