El Confidencial are reporting this evening that Arsenal are set to hijack Everton’s deal for striker Lucas Pérez.
The 27 year old has reportedly been a target for Ronald Koeman but the Spanish publication says that a ‘surprise’ bid from Arsenal has emerged and that the player is keen to move to North London.
The report states that the Gunners watched Pérez last season, with good reports, but no contact had been made. That apparently changed this week when Arsenal came in with a €20m bid and given the choice between the two clubs he’ll plump for North London.
He began his career at youth level with Atletico Madrid and has since played for Rayo Vallecano, Karpaty Lviv, Dinamo Kiev (loan), PAOK, and most recently Deportivo.
Known as ‘Lucas’, he played in Deportivo’s opening game of the La Liga season, scoring a late winner from the penalty spot in a 2-1 win over Eibar, and last season got 17 goals.
He’s hardly the world class option people would like, and this does sound a bit of a strange one, so we’re erring on the side of sloppy.
Update: On the back of new information, we’re making an adjustment to our poo rating, making it a 3. We were tempted to go for 2, but let’s see.