By Aramide Oladipo
Arsenal striker Lucas Perez has been left out of the matchday squad for the opening game of the Emirates Cup this weekend, according to a report.
La Opinion A Coruña claims that the 28-year-old will not be involved as the Gunners face Benfica in a pre-season friendly at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Spanish newspaper claims the player’s representative Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle is planning to sit down with the North London club this weekend in order to resolve the striker’s future.
This follows up from the story in AS which reported that Lovelle had flown into London last Thursday to hold discussions with Arsenal about his client.
The BBC quoted Lovelle as stating that La Liga side Deportivo had made an offer to re-sign the Spaniard for a fee around £7.9million but the report claims that Arsenal have yet to respond.
It is said that the Gunners are in no rush to get rid of Perez but they are reportedly only willing to let him leave the club on a permanent deal.
The Spaniard has endured a nightmare spell in England following his £17million move to Arsenal last summer as he only managed to make 11 Premier League appearances last season.
Perez currently has three years remaining on his contract at the Emirates Stadium.
Football Insider verdict
Arsenal should really be looking to wrap up this deal as soon as possible. It seems quite apparent that the player is eager to leave the club and with a La Liga side desperate to sign him up, the Gunners need to find a quick solution. Even top flight Spanish sides find it hard to compete with English clubs in the current transfer market so Arsenal need to realise that Deportivo are not going to table a bid anywhere near the £17million with which they sold the striker. Perez and his agent are doing everything in their power to sanction a move for the Spaniard so the North London club need to hurry up and make a decision or they could find themselves with a disgruntled player in the squad at the start of the season which is not beneficial to anyone.
In other Arsenal transfer news, Alan Smith believes the Gunners should sign this Premier League winner in the summer transfer window.