Via our now good friends at La Voz de Galicia comes the latest on the Lucas Perez situation, with the striker’s future still far from clear.
What we do know is that Deportivo want him back, and the player himself is inclined to go there. However, his former club have been unable to find a way to come with a deal that Arsenal will accept.
They say a €12m bid ‘hit the wall’ because of the interest of other clubs, including Newcastle and Watford in England and Malaga and Valencia in Spain, and it’s understood that structure of that bid was something Arsenal were not keen on.
Apparently we haven’t closed the door on Depor, giving them more time to come up with something else.
One of the possibilities they’re considering is to buy the player with Arsenal holding onto some of his rights, and at some point down the line trying work out a deal, or bringing him on loan but with Arsenal seeking a €5m fee for that it becomes complicated.
It’s also intimated that when they sold Perez last summer for £17.5m, Deportivo squeezed every last penny they could out of the deal because it happened late and they knew that Arsenal were desperate for the player.
Now, they find themselves dealing with a club unwilling to do them any favours because of that.
It doesn’t appear as if there’s any imminent resolution to this one, and this saga could drag on right up until the close of the transfer window next Thursday.