Reported Ayoze Perez set to join Leicester City with medical imminent
Ayoze Perez has repeatedly hinted that he could leave Newcastle United and set to turn 26 later this month, it appears now it could soon be reality.
Three weeks he gave yet another interview (see below) and said that he didn’t know what would happen this summer.
Having previously talked a lot about wanting Newcastle to show more ambition, the departure of Rafa Benitez could well have been the final push for him.
Tuesday night has brought reports that Ayoze Perez and his agent have been at Leicester City today and it is claimed a transfer fee could already have even been agreed between the two clubs
Geoff Peters is a journalist and presenter for Talksport and says a medical could take place this week.
As it happens, he is also a Leicester fan, so I think his local knowledge and contacts would tend to make this pretty believable.
Ayoye Perez has scored the winner these past two seasons away at Leicester and sadly the fact is, that as things stand, if you were ambitious then it would be Foxes over Magpies every time.
Leicester are set to bank £70m+ from Man Utd for harry Maguire so they would have no problem putting up whatever money Mike Ashley would demand.
Last season couldn’t have summed it up Perez’ time at NUFC better, only two goals scored in Newcastle’s first 22 Premier League games, then 10 goals in the final 16.
Overall his Premier League seasons have ended up:
2018/19 – 12 Premier League goals and 2 assists
2017/18 – 8 Premier League goals and 5 assists
2015/16 – 6 Premier League goals and 2 assists
2014/15 – 7 Premier League goals and 0 assists
In total, Ayoze Perez has scored 33 goals in 143 PL appearances and got 10 assists in his four Premier League seasons.
Ayoze Perez – 13 June 2019:
“It is something that I cannot say right now.
“You cannot guarantee it, we will see.
“It’s going to be a long summer and obviously, there’s going to be a day where you make a decision.
“It depends on many things – let’s see what happens.
“Obviously, this place is always going to be in my heart, whatever happens. We’ll see what happens.
“It’s going to be a long summer, whatever can happen. I cannot guarantee anything, but we’ll see.
“But what I know is that I cannot thank enough Newcastle – the city, the club, everything around – for what they have given me.
“I came to a different world and I cannot thank Newcastle enough for what they gave me.
“It’s been five unbelievable years, ups and downs, unforgettable moments, bad moments, but it’s part of the process that made me a better footballer and person.
“Obviously, it’s always going to be in my heart, whatever happens. This place, this city, this club – everything is going to be in my heart forever.
“I’ve been here five years, which is a long time. Also the challenge that not many Spanish players have had success in this club.
“So all those challenges, I took them, and I think it’s been an amazing five years for myself, and I could grow up as a professional in this club.”
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