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Reports suggest unwanted Arsenal striker Lucas Perez is closing in on a move to Deportivo La Coruna despite huge interest from Rafa Benitez.
Perez has made just two Premier League starts after joining Arsenal last summer in a £17 million transfer from Deportivo, and has said that a move away from the Emirates Stadium is imperative for him to enhance his chances of competing for Spain at the 2018 World Cup.
Benitez is allegedly annoyed that Newcastle could be about to miss out on another star, since he really wanted to sign Lucas.
The Magpies’ manager recently revealed that he has indeed spoken with Arsene Wenger about signing the Spanish forward, who, according to Goal, handed in a transfer request last week.
Benitez said, “I was talking with Arsene yesterday because we had the manager’s meeting and I said, ‘Listen, we have to talk.’ he said, ‘Listen, you have some money?’ I like the player but it’s too soon to talk about that.”
Deportivo, meanwhile, also retain hope of bringing Perez back to the Spanish club this summer.
“Nothing is impossible but we have a limit,” Deportivo president Tino Fernandez told “Galicia en Goles” radio show when asked about Perez. “I never mention figures but we have done all that Deportivo can, even making a big effort because of 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 [to acquire him] it’s because we believe there is a possibility. We will continue to fight because the truth is that he [Perez] is looking forward to joining us.”