The agent of Lucas Perez has said that a move to Fenerbahce is looking unlikely this summer.

  • Arsenal want to re-coup a large part of the £17m they spent to sign Lucas
  • Fenerbahce can only offer a loan
  • Real Betis and Levante are also interested

It seems Arsenal’s hopes of recouping some of the money they spent to sign Lucas are fading. Turkish side Fenerbahce are one of the clubs interested in the Spaniard, but are currently unable to meet Arsenal’s £13m asking price, according to latest reports.

Instead, they’re hoping to agree a loan deal for the player. According to Lucas’ agent, Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle, a move to Turkey is looking more and more unlikely. “Yes it’s true that Fenerbahçe have been showing an interest for almost two months,” he said.

“But I can say this transfer is looking unlikely at the moment because Arsenal wants to sell him permanently, but Fenerbahçe are hoping to strike a loan deal. I can’t say anything about this because Arsenal don’t want us to talk about these kind of things.”

Arsenal may have to accept a big loss on Lucas as only a few of the clubs interested are capable of meeting their asking price. Spanish sides Real Betis and Levante are said to be interested but do not have the financial capability to spend £13m on a player.

It’s an unfortunate situation for Lucas who is desperate for more first-team football with the 2018 World Cup coming next summer. He made 21 appearances for Arsenal last season, with just 11 of them in the Premier League and only two of them starts.

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