Deportivo La Coruna are still interested in signing Arsenal’s Lucas Perez, but admit that time is running out with the transfer window closing in less than three weeks.
Spanish side Deportivo La Caruna have been trying their best to re-sign Lucas but feel they may not get the deal done before the window shuts. That’s the view of club president Tino Fernandez, who believes that while Lucas wants to return to the club, they may be forced to look at other options.
“We can’t wait much longer and are looking at other options,” Fernandez said, reports talkSPORT. “We are in August and it is an important position and whilst nothing is impossible, we have a [financial] limit.
“I will not speak of figures but we have done all we can and understand the importance that I believe Lucas can have in this team next season. This is a very difficult negotiation but if I didn’t think there was a chance I would say so.
“If we are still in the race it’s because we believe there’s a possibility and we will continue to fight because the truth is the player is looking forward to joining us.”
Arsenal want around £13m for the Spanish striker, a fee that I feel could be beyond a Deportivo team expected to be struggling near the bottom of the La Liga table this season.
Although Newcastle United and Turkish Super Lig club Fenerbahce are interested, Deportivo is where Lucas really wants to play given they his former side. They’re also his hometown club and he would undoubtedly have star status in a season where he hopes to convince Spain manager Julen Lopetegui to select him for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Currently, Arsenal are still trying to get a decent fee for Lucas, but as the window reaches its conclusion they could be forced to change their minds. Deportivo had previously offered around £8m, while Fenerbahce want to sign him on loan. Arsene Wenger has said he wants to trim the laying squad but is still negotiating hard on asking prices.