By Russell Edge
Olympique Marseille and Bayer Leverkusen have both shown interest in securing a deal for Arsenal forward Lucas Perez this summer, according to a report.
The Sun claim on their website that the European duo are willing to pursue an £11million move for the 28-year-old, which is said to be the price Arsenal are willing to accept to see him depart.
Turkish sides Galatasaray and Fenerbahce are also rumoured to have demonstrated interest, but are reported to not be willing to meet the Gunners’ asking price.
Perez himself is said to be looking for a move away from the club just a year after joining from Deportivo La Coruna for £17million, following a lack of first team opportunities and the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, who has taken Perez’s number nine shirt.
He managed to appear just 21 times across all competitions for the Gunners, scoring seven times and picking up a further five assists, but it appears Wenger is willing to take a £6million loss to offload him this summer.
Football Insider verdict
Playing a hand in 12 goals across 21 appearances is a pretty good record for a striker, especially considering the majority of his outings came off the substitutes bench. However, following Lacazette’s arrival, and with Olivier Giroud still at the club, Perez recognises that his first team opportunities are going to be even more limited next season, and so is angling for a move. For Arsene Wenger, he will be disappointed that the striker was unable to hit the heights expected, and will be even more frustrated the club are happy to take a loss on his transfer. Still, the money will boost the manager’s transfer budget, and with Champions League football to reclaim, he needs players who can do the business in both Europe and in the Premier League. Perez just was not up to scratch.
In other Arsenal transfer news, a club’s president has admitted they are in talks to secure this midfielder available for transfer.