Lucas Perez visited Serie A side Frosinone’s facilities earlier in the summer, and the club want to sign him on a loan deal before the window closes, according to reports in Italy.
The usually reliable Di Marzio report that Frosinone are working on a loan deal for the forward, who Lazio have also recently targeted. They still need to convince Arsenal to let Perez go, but we should reportedly know more by the end of the week.
Di Marzio journalist Francesco Porzio adds that the Spaniard has already visited the clubs facilities, but the deal is ‘very complicated’.
From Frosinone’s point of view, it’s very much worth a try. They’ve just been promoted from Serie B, and need to add some quality to the side to ensure they remain in the Italian top flight. At the same time, they can’t afford to spend massive fees, so a loan acquisition of a proven player like Perez makes sense.
For Arsenal, it’s hard to see many upsides. Perez isn’t going to be worth any more money in a year’s time, so there are no financial benefits, other than getting him off the wage bill for a season.
Perhaps it would improve morale to let the forward go if he’s just going to sit around frowning on the bench all season, but with the extra games Europa League football brings that’s unlikely to be the case.
Selling or keeping the 29-year-old makes much more sense. We’ll see what Unai Emery and his transfer team decide to do.