Deportivo no closer to Lucas Perez deal as Arsenal prefer Levante offer

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Lucas Perez has less than two days to sort out his future, and despite his desire to return to hometown club Deportivo la Coruña, that seems a distant possibility at the moment.

The Galician club have made a number of bids for the striker, but as reported previously Arsenal are not inclined to do them any financial favours after Depor insisted on the club paying the full release clause for Perez last August.

At the moment the preferred destination for him is Levante, who have made that Arsenal consider to be an acceptable loan bid for the duration of the 2017-18 season.

There also appears to be interest from Valencia, and the two clubs have been in close contact recently due to the sale of Gabriel earlier this month.

The issue is that Perez is dead-set on a return to Depor, and is holding out hope that a deal can be done.

His agent, Rodrigo Fernandez Lobelle, is in London and ready to deal with any offers that come in, but with less than 48 hours to the deadline, time is running out and if Perez wants to play next season, he may have to choose one of his less favoured options.

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SeanJuba
SeanJuba

At least he can keep Joel company out in the wilderness. What a fucking shambles.

DB10\'s Air Miles
DB10\'s Air Miles

I can’t wait til we sell Campbell so he can get on with his career and gooners can stop daydreaming about a player who isn’t good enough for our starting 11.

Cdm995
Cdm995

Szczesny
Debuchy-Chambers-Mustafi-Gibbs
Wilshere-Seri
Lemar-Alexis-Chamberlain
Lucas

The starting 11 of 2017 Arsenal clusterfuck transfer sagas. With Wenger as manager of course.

Dan Gunn
Dan Gunn

Could the clusterfuck side beat the likely starting 11 against Bournemouth? Hmmmmm…

SeanJuba
SeanJuba

Well it’s a tough one to call I reckon. Might just scrape a point if Bournemouth under perform

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Clusterfuck XI could probably beat our starting 11.
For one, they’re all playing in the appropriate position.

Also, Lucas > Welbeck.

Damo Dinkum
Damo Dinkum

For the clusterfuck side to be accurate, shouldn’t they all be playing out of position?

MaidenMatt
MaidenMatt

The club are absolutely correct if Depor are offering so little after making us pay the full release clause. I do feel sorry for Lucas….and I want him to stay and play for us, we could regret letting him go, in the sense that Alexis could be away and we aren’t really looking like signing a replacement. He is shifting Lacazette onto the left and putting Giroud up top people!!!! What a f*cking shambles our great club has become. As for me, I’ll get behind anyone that wants to play for the shirt, if anyone wants to go then sell them and reinvest.

MaidenMatt
MaidenMatt

You want the player then pay the fee. That’s the kind of crap that we get, and then get destroyed in the media for not paying up. Also, once again the issue comes up of us being a classy club and tending to do the “right” thing concerning players etc. I love this club for being the classiest club in the world and for the beautiful moments of footballing genius I have witnessed. It has brought me so much joy over the years, and also so much pain. That’s the conundrum here, and regarding Lucas Perez..of course we want to what is right here for him, and his family, but no, Arsenal should not be f*cking forced or held to ransom by any club. Let alone Deportivo (no offence to them intended).

Chrispy
Chrispy

I think your definition of ‘classy club’ is a little different to mine. We’re not that institution anymore. Just a badly run grey corporate facade doing its best to fuck over its ‘customers’ as much as possible.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Man, so many fans are so deluisional.
What makes you think we’re a classy club who still does things the right way?

Saying it over and over again doesn’t make it true. At best, we’re no different from any other club when it comes to negotiations and contract management.

Goonertilidie
Goonertilidie

How can we accept £7m for Gibbs, a supposed €25m for Mustafi and the squabble over the price of a player who has more or less been done over by the club.

He wants to go to the club he loves, where his family are from. Show some class Arsenal and give the guy a break.

What the fuck has happened to us?

Lula
Lula

Exactly.

lettra
lettra

Clubs stance is ok here although they do mess things up all the time don’t they.? People are nuts Perez is a grown man .. And I assume they are a grown club. Pay the asking price.

That’s what we did.

Rexington
Rexington

sorry mate, so if I approach you to sell me one of your property for instance and offer you far less than its worth despite making a premium from you when you initially bought it you will give it to me.
Loving the club is not an excuse for us to lose money, did Monaco accept a cut price deal because lemar loves arsenal?
It seems arsenal cant win whatever they do, their is a premium for attacking players and if the club love enough they pay up the money they received. If his sold for cheap the fans will still complain that we sell cheaply.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

And that’s fair.

Just remember all this applies to Liverpool and their offer to Ox. Can’t expect them to offer 40M when they know he wants to come to them and his contract is running out.

Lula
Lula

Just sell him. Arsenal have wasted a year’s worth of his career and are now saying we can’t improve the squad until we let players go. Well then sell him.

Hank Scorpio
Hank Scorpio

What odds we sell Sanchez & Arsene proclaims Perez to be LANS!

cagooner
cagooner

Given how things look today, i’d be ok with that. We’ve all come on here and said Perez should get a chance at Arsenal – so it would be interesting to see what happens if he gets it.

David Hillier\'s luggage
David Hillier\'s luggage

Wait, so we quibbling over £3-5m with the Lucas fee yet we’re selling Gibbs for £5m below market value just to find a taker and selling Mustafi for possibly £10m less than what we bought him for without having a replacement and barely a fit centre half left at the club? It’s not like we really need to keep him for the numbers – ‘short nippy forward’ is probably our best (or should that be only?) stocked department

Goon Town
Goon Town

Only at Arsenal can one be both a panic buyer and panic seller simultaneously! Wenger ever the innovator!

Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee

Ffs.

Hank Scorpio
Hank Scorpio

That best sums up everything about the club right now

George Gunner
George Gunner

Why did buy him in the first place?The fm is at the end of his tether and as Parlour said unlikely to win the epl.
What then for Arsenal?To fight for top 4?That shows how Arsenal have degenerated under him.
For the good of Arsenal he shd go asap.

SurreyGooner
SurreyGooner

Have to say Id rather keep and PLAY Lucas and ship Walcott or/and Welbeck. Pretty much every game Lucas came on he produced for us. Welbeck really should be better at finishing and Walcott seems not to fit.

SurreyGooner
SurreyGooner

actually would probably keep Welbeck as a left sided Marauder and swap between Lucas, Giroud and Lacca as a front one or two as circumstances dictated.

Rich
Rich

If you refuse to pay the asking price for your top targets… this is what you end up with.
A bunch of squad players you didn’t really want… but you can’t get rid of so you can buy players you do want.
And this is the cycle we’re in.

I’d be amazed if we managed to clear.
Ox
JW10
Debuchy
Mustafi
Perez
Akpom
Campbell
In the next 37hrs.

Our signings over the yrs have been awful.

Perez- Arsene clearly didn’t want him.

Mustafi – if Arsene did want him? He no longer does.

Xhaka- I like him but I’m not sure we’ve got the manager to iron out his deficiencies?

Elneny- Signed in Jan because we decided to renew contracts of the broken Arteta+Rosicky and backed JW10 to stay fit, but they didn’t… and Elneny didn’t play until the April when we’d already blown it.

Cech- our only purchase that summer despite money in the bank.

Gabriel- a player I like, but again signed in the January because Arsene or the club hadn’t managed to put a squad in place capable of coping the previous summer.

Summer 2014/15
Welbeck- opportunistic, Giroud does his leg against Everton, we just about get it over the line but not part of any grand plan. Decent enough player though.

Debuchy- can’t really complain at this one, the timing of his injuries have been horrendous, unlucky that Bellerin came in and took his chance.

Chambers – started well, but not sure he’ll ever suit a club playing on the front foot, he’s far too slow over the first few yards, in the current system we need recovery pace and Arsene clearly no longer fancies him and yet he’s still at the club… I’m assuming somewhere?

Alexis- amazingly only us+Liverpool in for him? Again though he was signed as a central striker only for Arsene to give up after 90mins, Barca had to sell as well so it was more right place right time.

Kim Kalstrom- signed with a broken back, it was clear we’d chased him for yrs, nice to finally get our man. That penalty ?

Ozil- opportunistic, signed to get the natives back on side, we’ve never surrounded him with the talent he needs to thrive.
I think that was the only signing we made in summer 2013/14 after Ivan said we could now compete financially and the shackles were off….

David Hillier\'s luggage
David Hillier\'s luggage

13/14
Falmini – opportunistic, we needed more Sp*rs hating players
Emiliano Viviano – ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

nacho man
nacho man

can we do anything right?
whats the point in loaning any of these players anyway when they are finished at the club
cut your losses ffs

Mark
Mark

Why would any player want to come to Arsenal at this point? No top level player will want to be part of this circus and no player hoping to move to a bigger club has to look at situations like what have happened to Perez and Debuchy and think about the chances of that happening to them.

Terry Neill - never again
Terry Neill - never again

Ivan fiddles whilst Rome burns. Gazidis out.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

I know we all wanna hate Ivan, but let’s be real, his silence last year was clearly because he wanted Wenger out, and until Wenger won the FA Cup and went over his head to Gazidis, that was the case. He’s tried to improve our commercial revenues (hard to do when your footballing side is such a clusterfuck), he’s tried to modernise our structure, scouting and analytics, all clearly against the wishes of Wenger; whom has resisted all the major structural changes Ivan’s wanted to make. He upgraded our medical wing and staff, when Wenger conducted his own internal review which said everything was okay.
He upgraded our academy which had fallen behind all the top European clubs. He hired a new academy head, who seemingly did well in his short time here (evidenced by most of his loans doing well compared to previously and his recent recruits being some of our best academy prospects) yet it’s rumoured Jonker left because he felt he didn’t have the backing of Wenger.

Sure Ivan could just resign if he cares so much, but so could Wenger. And considering Ivan is the difference between Josh Kroenke becoming our CEO, I’d rather keep Ivan.

Seriously, I don’t understand the hate for Ivan. He’s not the one bloody benching Laccazette for Welbeck.

ArcticMarty
ArcticMarty

Who fucking cares at this stage, Club gets 10 mil, Board goes to Cancun for a about 10 months, We finish about 12th,

Freddo
Freddo

If Perez gets transferred, you can cut off my legs and call me shorty (if you can find me). Arsene has no intention of selling him. He’s just been dicking everybody, including Perez, around. He’s been holding onto him because, when Sanchez leaves he will be the cheap replacement (and balance the books). If Arsene really wanted to sell him, he’d be gone by now

K9ine
K9ine

I think we need this chaos to reset our club.
Willing to sit back and watch it all blow over.
I predict Wenger will not complete this contract.
I predict this will be our worse prem season ever
I predict kroenke will sell
But order will be restores out of this chaos.
Just a question of 1 year.

Rich
Rich

I hope your right.
Arsene is finished and we need to get rid of Stan
Usmanov is what we need.
I’d back him to sort out this mess.

cagooner
cagooner

I think and hope you’re right on points 1 and 2. I don’t think Kronke will sell tho. But of course, wish he would.

espen
espen

Wenger is making a shambolic mess of a season in the transfers in and out.

cagooner
cagooner

Given the number of departures being reported today, we may need Lucas Perez as a starter this season.