The Chronicle have today confirmed that Newcastle’s ARE interested in Arsenal’s Lucas Perez this summer, with Lee Ryder revealing that The Gunners have named a £13.4m asking price for the Spanish forward.
Perez joined Arsenal for £17m last summer after bagging 17 goals and 8 assists during an impressive season with Deportivo La Coruna over the 2015/16 La Liga season.
Since then, however, he has struggled for game time under Arsene Wenger and is desperate for a move away to secure regular first team football.
The Evening Standard claim we are exploring the option of a loan move for Perez, however The Chronicle’s Chris Waugh has since hinted that Newcastle may look to do a deal similar to that of Mikel Merino’s – being a loan move with an obligation to buy, in a play now, pay later type deal.
Here’s what Chris Waugh said on the deal in a Facebook live chat on NUFC transfers for The Chronicle today:
“He (Perez) wants first team football and Newcastle are exploring the possibility of him coming on a loan deal. He’s certainly a name being explored at the moment. He can play on the wing and up front – Rafa would like the versatility.”
Perez has suggested he’d be in favour a return to his homeland, with former club Deportivo having a £9m offer rejected last week, meaning we may have to move quickly if we wish to get our man.
At just over £13m, this looks like real value for money in this day and age. Given our hunt for attacking quality and limited funds, we would be silly to ignore this one.