Perez move hits stumbling block but Benitez still ‘hopeful’ of striking a deal with Arsenal

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.

(Fancy writing for us? Send any articles/ideas over to us at & we’ll get back to you!)

About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

One thought on “Perez move hits stumbling block but Benitez still ‘hopeful’ of striking a deal with Arsenal

  1. I am afraid we have no chance ,these days players would rather sit on a big pay packet then play for less Money at another club . Just look at Rivière and Haidara.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green