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Lucas Perez will be at Arsenal for pre-season and his agent claims the forward wants to make it at the club.
All summer, it has been reported that Lucas was expected to return to Arsenal for pre-season training. Despite initial reports that Unai Emery is a fan of the player, Lucas has also been heavily linked with a move to Lazio.
Now, however, it seems as if he could be set to fight for a place at the club now Arsene Wenger has gone.
Speaking exclusively to The Laziali, Lucas’s agency, Protio Sport, said, “Lucas, on day 2, begins pre-season with Arsenal.
“There is interest from some teams, but he is a player of Arsenal and his desire is to succeed there.”
Speaking at the end of May, Lucas’s agent, Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle, said that Arsenal have not yet made a decision about the player’s future despite reports in the press claiming that the player is both admired by Unai Emery and not wanted by him.
As tends to be the way in silly season, journalists are scrambling to find any sort of story.
That’s how we ended up with one claiming that Unai Emery had ordered Lucas back to Arsenal for pre-season. Emery, we were told, is an admirer of the Spaniard after trying to sign him for PSG.
Just a few days later we were then told that Lucas had been informed he could find another club and that he was inching closer to a move to Lazio.
But, speaking to Radio Sel, his agent, Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle, has moved to clarify things. Surprisingly (not really), they don’t have any clue what Emery and Arsenal want to do with the Spaniard.
“What will happen? Lucas has a two-year contract with Arsenal, for now only this can be answered,”Lovelle said.
“The club has never put him on the market, it was the player who decided to move at the end of the last summer market.
“He was sorry to be on the bench, not to be called into the action.
“First we will know Arsenal’s plans, it is still too early to know what will happen.”
Lovelle was expected to meet with Arsenal sometime in the first two weeks of June to discuss the player’s future. These latest reports seem to be the result of that meeting. Lazio were said to be waiting for the result of this meeting.
The press, however, does not seem to be.