The Shields Gazette have revealed today that Rafa Benitez remains ‘hopeful’ that a deal can be done to sign Arsenal striker Lucas Perez, however the player must reduce his wage demands and Arsenal must sell ‘at the right price’ if a deal is going to be done.
Perez has endured a frustrating first season at Arsenal since since arriving from Spain last summer, having often impressed when given the chance (7 goals and 5 assists in 9 starts!), but failing to ever nail down a regular spot in Arsene Wenger’s side.
The Chronicle have confirmed that Perez is a target for NUFC this summer, also revealing his £13.4m asking price, however it seems, at this stage, that we would prefer a loan deal.
With his agent confirming interest from Spain and Turkish giants Fenerbahce, there will be no end of clubs happy to pay the seemingly reasonable £13m fee and Newcastle must act quickly – you won’t sign a player of Perez’s quality for less than £13m in this day and age.
His wage packet at Arsenal is likely to be high, but former club Deportivo – who are also interested – are deemed unlikely to offer him that either, so you would think the Spaniard will compromise on those demands.
It is promising to hear Rafa remains ‘hopeful’ of striking a deal, but interest in the 28-year old is hotting up and given his search for first team football and our need for an affordable striker, we’d urge the club to act now before it’s too late.