The agent of Lucas Perez has accused Arsenal of pricing his client out of a move, following reports that the Gunners aren’t budging on their asking price.
There has been some interest in the 28-year-old from the likes of Deportivo, Fenerbahce and Newcastle United this summer, but none of them have been able to meet Arsenal’s asking price.
The Gunners are believed to be asking for £13m for Lucas, which is quite a high price for a player that barely played last season.
Lucas’ agent, Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle, has been very vocal in recent weeks about the speculation surrounding his client. It’s no secret that both parties want a move and he’s now accusing the club of setting too high an asking price to allow that to happen.
“Lucas wants to play but it depends on Arsenal,” Lovelle said, reports Goal. “Arsenal want more [money]. We want to leave but if there is no agreement he has a contract with Arsenal. The ideal price is about €12m.”
Deportivo have had a bid of around £8m already rejected, while Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has admitted that he admires the striker. When you consider that Arsenal left Lucas out of their pre-season games at the start of July, the fact he’s still at the club is frustrating for all involved.
It could be that Arsenal will need to lower their asking price just to get the player off their books and enable them to bring in the attackers they want. Given they lost value in selling Wojciech Szczesny to Juventus for around £10m, Arsenal might be better off just accepting slightly lower for Lucas and trimming the squad.