Newcastle’s interest in signing Arsenal’s Lucas Perez was confirmed yesterday and, since then, The Chronicle have revealed that the Spaniard is ‘ready to talk’ to Rafa Benitez over a potential move to Tyneside.
Arsenal are believed to have slapped a £13.4m price-tag on the want-away forward just 12 months on from his £17m arrival from Spain, and whilst it is a huge boost that Perez is receptive to a potential move to the North-East, it can only happen if an acceptable offer is placed.
Arsenal want £13.4m for Lucas Perez. #nufc
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) July 31, 2017
In this day and age, £13m appears to be peanuts for a player of Perez’s ilk – even if he does turn 29 in September.
Despite failing to nail down a regular spot in Arsene Wenger’s side last season, he still mustered an impressive 7 goals and 5 assists in 9 starts, backed up by an emphatic tally of 17 goals and 8 assists during the 2015/16 La Liga season with Deportivo.
With strikers hard to come by and the market so inflated, Newcastle would be wise to jump on this one – especially after positive noises that Perez would be open to a move to St. James’ Park.
While we wait to see if Charnley and co. can get this one done, here’s some clips of him in action: