Lucas Perez is unwanted by Arsenal but he is in demand elsewhere.

The striker cost 20m euros (£17m) from Deportivo a year ago but only started two Premier League games last season.

Monday brought claims that both Newcastle and Deportivo had been quoted 15m euros (£13.4m) by Arsenal and now the forward’s agent has confirmed that this is indeed the asking price.

Agent Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle also reveals that Arsene Wenger isn’t interested in a loan move and wants to bank cash now to help fund his transfer activity.

Lovelle also confirms that offers have been made by four clubs: Turkish side Fenerbahce, an unnamed Bundesliga club, as well as two from La Liga – one of them almost certainly Deportivo, who it is already claimed have bid £9m to take Lucas Perez back. However, no mention of Newcastle…

Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle:

“We are in talks with Fenerbahce but Arsene Wenger does not want a loan move, Wenger wants €15m for Lucas Perez.

“He still has another three years left on his contract so Arsenal hold all the cards.

“Fenerbahce, two Spanish teams and a Bundesliga side have made an offer for Lucas.

“Fenerbahce are the most serious and we have been in talks for two months.”

Fenerbahce are having to watch what they spend as they are close to breaking Financial Fair Play rules if they overspend this summer, so little wonder they were trying for a loan deal.

However, they have now sold centre-back Simon Kjaer to Sevilla for 13m euro (£11.6 million) which leaves them now with the option to use that cash to buy Lucas Perez.

There have been claims that Newcastle were only willing/could only afford a loan move for the striker, instead of the £13.4m to buy, news which has been met with much dismay by many Newcastle fans hoping to see higher profile/better/more expensive signings brought in this month

The Mag – 31 July 2017:

Lucas Perez looks certain to leave Arsenal this summer,

Starting only two Premier League games last season after a £17m move from Deportivo, the writing is on the wall for the striker.

Sunday brought media claims (see below) that Newcastle had approached Arsenal for the player, trying to outbid his old club Deportivo.

Monday has seen the IBTimes follow that up with news that Arsenal have allegedly given both Deportivo and Newcastle United the price they will deal at on the 28 year old striker.

It is claimed that the Spanish club had offered £9m (10m euros) but IBTimes say that their information is that Arsenal have made known that they want £13.4m (15m euros)

That would represent a loss of £3.6m for Arsenal but it is believed to be out of the reach of Deportivo, a struggling La Liga club with no Champions League cash and a domestic TV deal that pays far less than the Premier League one.

Lucas Perez was left out of Arsenal’s pre-season tour to Australia and China, then saw his number nine shirt handed to new signing Alexandre Lacazette.

Perez’s agent Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle talking to PA Sport:

“Deportivo made an offer a week ago, it is a permanent deal and worth more than Nolito’s (£8m) move to Sevilla.

“Of course (he was told he would play more). Lucas signed for Arsenal and was the happiest person in the world and with all of his dreams to fulfil. We have seen that every time he played he did well, but after every time he got fewer and fewer

“Arsenal know we want to go, that there are no opportunities here, and within a year there is a World Cup. Would you not be angry and sad and upset if you had your squad number taken without being asked?”

The Mag – 30 July 2017:

When Lucas Perez signed for Arsenal a year ago, fair to say their fans were a little underwhelmed.

Hoping for star signings that were a level above some of their first teamers, the £17m capture puzzled the Gooners, further fanning the flames of the Wenger-out faction.

With only two Premier League starts last season for Lucas Perez, the supporters will feel justified in having doubts about the signing, as he only played 265 minutes of league football in total scoring one goal.

Reports had claimed that the striker will be heading back to Deportivo on loan, not a great option for Arsenal who would be then looking to have to subsidise a substantial part of his wages.

However, Sunday morning sees an ‘exclusive’ claiming that Newcastle have made an approach to Arsenal for Lucas Perez, with the possibility of them buying rather than the North London club having to settle for the loan option and subsidising wages.

The Sun have ran the exclusive and say that Rafa Benitez has turned to his countryman after losing out on other striking options.

The 28 year old was bought by Arsenal on the back of his 17 goals in 35 La Liga starts for Deportivo in 2015/16, when he played alongside a certain Jonas Gutierrez.

Previous to that stand out year though for a struggling Deportivo side who finished 15th in La Liga, Lucas Perez had never before scored double figures in a league season.

Not the most distinguished of careers, Perez started off playing for Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish second tier before moving to Karpaty in the Ukraine for three seasons and then on to PAOK in Greece for only a year.

Arriving back in Spain with Deportivo, Lucas Perez scored six La Liga goals in 20 starts in 2014/15 before then the 17 goal season which attracted Arsenal’s attentions.

The striker did have the odd moment for Arsenal last season, the stand out one when scoring a hat-trick away at Basel in the Champions League as he helped his team to a 4-1 win. Another three sub appearances in the Champions League giving him 136 minutes altogether in Europe last season.

In the domestic cups he also got some football, starting six and coming off the bench once, scoring three goals.

Scoring seven goals in 948 minutes of football for Arsenal isn’t too bad a record but still a limited amount to go on, though he wouldn’t be the first striker to show improved form in his later years.

Rafa Benitez is obviously desperate for a striker and whilst impossible to tell whether any substance in this particular ‘exclusive’, Lucas Perez does fit the profile of somebody who could potentially be within Newcastle’s financial constraints.

Plus you would imagine Arsenal being open to a similar loan with a view to buy deal, as Newcastle have agreed with Borussia Dortmund for Mikel Merino.

The Sun talks of Lucas Perez wanting first team football to try and help make Spain’s World Cup squad next summer but that seems a bit fanciful as the player turns 29 in September and has never represented his country at any level before.

  • The Nut Job

    More smoke & mirrors, Newcastle won`t even bid for him but will let his name be slated to keep the mugs happy who think we are going for a decent striker.
    he will disappear just as the 100 before him

    • Jezza

      Agreed, NUFC aren’t even in the running. The player will end up at some much more anbitious and forward thinking club like Middlesborough.

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    Which more or less guarantees he ends up elsewhere. It’s all the same to me though, since I’d rather we stick with Mitrovic. 9 goals vs 1 goal in the prem (over 1 season), 22 vs 28 years of age, et al. You all are (mostly) smart enough to figure how that math works out

    • Geordiegiants

      Mitro is shyte, and it’s math’s in England.

      • glassjawsh-got-banned


  • Jimblag23

    So it’s obviously just media talk.
    Let’s stop randomly speculating on him now then.

  • Leazes Ender

    £13.4m is close to bang-on for the player’s Market Value implying Arsenal just want to clear out.

    Looking at his strike rate between the Premiership and La Liga he seems to be down by around 40% (used at Arsenal RW)

    2016/ 2017

    Out with thigh and muscle strain for 8 games
    Out with ankle injury for 3 games
    Not in squad for 7 games
    On the bench for 6 games
    Played in 9 (played 90mins for 0 games)

  • Paul Patterson

    Er, he’s scored the same amount of league goals as Emmanuel Riviere.
    Avoid like the plague..

    • Marveauxless

      It’s a lot harder to score when you’re not on the pitch

      • Paul Patterson

        It’s the pedigree I was aiming at.

  • Leicester Mag

    You can imagine the scene Penold to chubby Mike. “Can we have a look in the Ferrari garage?”. “Go on” says Mike “just look though then we can pop down to Carr’s used Citreon dealership”. Thats where the bargains are. Nufc


    • Jezza

      Even then they won’t be buying a used Citroen, they’ll just be looking to hire one for a year.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose


  • Alex

    Don’t think Wenger will be interested in the offer of a set of strips and 6 pairs of Donnay socks.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      And a free Spots Direct Mug

      • Mxpx

        I’d want Sanchez and ozil too if we’re gonna give Wenger a sports direct mug

  • CostaRicanMarco

    I used to see him play quite often at Depor, because my compatriot Borges plays there, I think that if he is given the chance he could be a very good premiership striker. He got the pace and the skills necessary for the league and he is clinical in front of goal. If we have to pay for him I’ll bet you he’ll be worth it.

  • Leicester Mag

    Those of old enough will remember the idiot on swap shop wanting a scaletrix for a Rubiks cube. Ever wondered what happened to them when they grew up? Answer: chief exec at Newcastle

  • Soldier

    the articles on here are Pulitzer prize standard when compared with the Chronicle

    • Leazes Ender

      Ryder should consult transfermarkt before he starts typing…. there’s no way on earth that Benitez will touch him on the basis of his record…… he’s being touted around not scouted.

      • Biggs Darklighter

        Can’t give him away. Looks decent though

  • Steve Pearce

    Lee Ryder is so devastated that the love of his life Moussa Sissoko left Newcastle that he can barely string two words together. Indeed there reports of a bald football journalist approaching men of African descent brandishing a Toon top and a Sissoko mask and saying ” Be my friend”. Thankfully the writers at the Mag regognise Sissoko for what he was (and still is) – complete pile of shyte!

  • Thefootballerwhocouldfly

    I can confidently say we’re not one of the four!
    However, rumour has it Rafa interested in Marvin Zeegelaar for LB?!

    • Biggs Darklighter

      Sporting can’t give him away.

  • Biggs Darklighter

    Where the [email protected]@k has the money gone? Ashley’s back pocket!

    Our net spend this summer is pathetic, once again the fat cockney has us playing for 15th.

    The only reason we can not compete with other premier league clubs is HIM!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      I`m not sure but around 3 yrs gone January a figure of £29m appeared as extra expenditure on the books nobody knows what it was for or where it went to
      Leazes may know

      • toonterrier

        Pies, p/ss ups and buckets to puke in. Get the fat git out.

  • Mrkgw

    Perez wont sign for Ashley’s Newcastle. Dismayed at the state of our club.

    • East Durham Mag

      In the not so distant past we could attract players, but now even other clubs cast offs look at us and say no. The two [email protected] at the top are entirely to blame.

      • Mrkgw

        Absolutely true. Things need to change at the club. We really do need Ashley and Charnley to go. Enough is enough.

  • East Durham Mag

    What a clever man Fatty really is. After a decade of sh!te, lies and abject failure the fat horrible [email protected] has done it again. I mean all of us wanted to believe him and some simpletons actually did believe him and defend him. He said he would spend and we swallowed it hook, line and sinker. Nowts changed.
    Ashley out.

  • Antenociticus

    Lucas Perez had one good season for Deportivo. He can’t get a game at Arsenal.
    Wenger obviously doesn’t think he’s good enough for the premier league, why would we take a risk on him?
    His standard appears to be Greece/Turkey/Ukraine/Russia. Let him go there.

    • Steve Smith

      Not being first choice ahead of Giroud, Sanchez and Lacazette =/= not good enough for the league.

  • foggy

    Two players worth considering would be West Broms Chadli who could do a good job at the Toon as a No 10 and Celtics Moussa Dembele, both probably would not break the bank.
    As for Lucas Perez probably a risk but at 13 mil but worth a punt.

    • Lhc

      No chance of either especially dembele which would command a 20+ million fee. Oh and add Perez to this at 13.4, we won’t sign anyone above the Murphy fee the rest of this window, just watch. The club are so predictable

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        Dembele is very unlikely although if Celtic are out of Europe by next week they may feel they have to cash in but I can see the top four / five fancying a dabble. Celtic were his stepping stone, I don’t think he’ll need another.

        Rafa’s NUFC don’t really play with a no. 10 and i can’t see West Brom selling to us as a rival.

        Perez actually fits the bill, and could be a good buy but his Arsenal wages have already been flagged up with other suitors.

        I’m not at all aware that the club have said that they will not sign anyone above the Murphy fee.

        • Lhc

          Of course they haven’t stated they Won’t spend more than Murphy fee, they wouldn’t. But I know this club too well now, what we have is pretty much what we go with this season, I can see maybe a striker coming in on loan at a push

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I bet you £10 we have 2 more signings by 1st September

          • Lhc

            Maybe, but I doubt it’ll be anything to shout about

  • Mike

    no chance….bet my house on it