Lucas Perez wants to leave Arsenal this summer, frustrated at a lack of playing time offered him to him since his move from Deportivo la Coruna last August.
The Gunners paid a not inconsiderable £17m for the 28 year old who had caught the eye with a good La Liga season, but despite scoring a Champions League hat-trick and contributing with other goals and assists didn’t do enough to convince Arsene Wenger to play him more often.
It’s led to his decision to leave the club this summer, and that was confirmed when his agent Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle spoke to the Press Association.
“The idea is to be able to play for another club,” he said.
“We want to leave and Arsenal already know. Do you know anyone who is happy but has no opportunities?”
It’s a fair point and I don’t think anyone could possibly blame him for wanting to go. He’s a good player but one the manager just doesn’t have enough faith in.
It now remains to be seen how much of the original fee we can recoup, with Sevilla and former club Deportivo said to be interested in bringing him back to Spain.
There were also links to West Ham, so he looks set to be one of our first summer departures.