Euro giants re-ignite pursuit of Arsenal ace neglected by Wenger - report
By Matt Farr
Paris Saint-Germain are believed to be considering a summer move for Arsenal outcast Lucas Perez this summer, according to a report.
Football site Goal claim that the French giants are set to renew their interest in the 28-year-old, having been foiled by Arsenal in their attempts to land him last summer.
Perez was signed by Arsenal in a £17.5million deal but has failed to establish himself as a key member of Arsene Wenger’s first team squad, making just two Premier League starts.
His lack of first team appearances has seen him grow frustrated at his bit-part role at the club, and PSG are reportedly keen to end his Arsenal nightmare.
From his 21 appearances in all competitions, Perez has scored seven goals and supplied five assists, but a summer exit looks increasingly likely as Wenger continues to neglect his services.
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The goalscorer, who is uncapped by Spain, is determined to fight his way into the national squad for the 2018 World Cup and may be tempted to switch clubs for his dream to become a reality.
Perez is currently sidelined with a thigh injury and has not featured in any of Arsenal’s last four Premier League matches.
Football Insider verdict
From his limited appearances, Perez has looked a quality player and a potentially valuable asset for the club. But he is simply at the back of the queue for Wenger in terms of his attacking options, and it will come as little surprise if he is not at the club next season. Even aside from his current injury status, it does not look likely that Perez will have much of an important role to play over the rest of the campaign. PSG, on the other hand, would be a exciting prospect for him. They’ve got a host of big-name talents in their squad, but Perez should be able to command a fairly regular role in the side, which will give him a major boost ahead of his World Cup ambitions.
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