By Aramide Oladipo
Arsenal first-team striker Lucas Perez has handed in a transfer request to leave the club, according to a report.
Sports news outlet Goal has quoted his agent as saying that the North London club have responded by placing a £13.4million price tag on the 28-year-old during the transfer window.
The report claims that the forward is desperate for a move away from the Emirates Stadium as he believes that it will boost his chances of playing for the Spain national team in next year’s World Cup in Russia.
It is said that his former side Deportivo are keen on landing the striker this summer alongside Turkish giants Fenerbahce.
Perez’s agent Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle spoke to Goal and expressed his disappointment at the Gunners’ high asking price for his client.
“€15m (£13.4m) is an expensive price,” he said.
“Lucas wants to go to the World Cup and be happy at a place where he has opportunities to play.”
Perez’s current contract at the Emirates Stadium expires in 2020.
Football Insider verdict
With the player reportedly handing in a transfer request, Arsenal must try and resolve the situation before the start of the season. In this current transfer market, it is completely understandable that the Gunners want to receive £13.4million for a fringe player as Manchester City recently managed to offload back-up striker Kelechi Iheanacho to fellow Premier League side Leicester City for a reported fee of £25million. The good news for Arsenal and Perez is that there are a number of teams interested and the fee really shouldn’t be too off-putting for the clubs interested. Similar to a number of potential outgoings at Arsenal, the club could use the money to raise funds to make more summer signings.
In other Arsenal news, the Gunners agree a fee to sell defender to fellow Premier League side.