Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Newcastle United target Lucas Perez will leave Arsenal this summer, opening the door for a potential move to Tyneside for the Spanish striker this summer.
With Benitez now believed to have focused his attention on bringing a striker to the club, Perez has emerged as one of our leading targets and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said the following today when asked if the forward would leave the Emirates this summer:
“Yes, because we have a congestion of strikers.
“I don’t like to lose him but we have many strikers.
“At some stage too much competition is not competition any more.”
Perez was never given a regular run in Arsenal’s team last season, but it’s worth noting that the Spaniard bagged an impressive 7 goals and 5 assists in just 9 starts.
Interestingly, Wenger then opened the door for Perez’s potential move to Newcastle, hinting at a possible loan move – believed to be our preferred offer for the 28-year old:
“You cannot give the chance to everybody, so if he finds a satisfying solution at least for a short time, he will do it.”
With Perez’ agent confirming interest from England, Spain, Germany and Turkish giants Fenerbahce, we look set to face no end of competition for his signature this summer, but, given our limited resources, Wenger’s talk of a ‘satisfying solution’ for a ‘short time’ could just open the door to a loan move – a deal that would appear to suit all parties for the time being.