Official: Blow for Arsenal as midfielder confirms departure from club

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After Arsene Wenger last week explained his decision to allow Lucas Perez to leave the club this summer, Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has seemingly admitted the Spanish striker is on his radar.

The 28 year old has been linked with a move back to his home-town club, Deportivo la Coruña, but he could also be tempted by a move north to link up with the former Valencia and Real Madrid manager at St James Park.

Deportivo appear not to be able to match the €15m fee Arsenal are seeking for Perez, which may leave him no option but to consider other clubs.

And it seems Benitez has had some positive reports about the Arsenal man, saying, “I like the player because I have good friends in Coruña.

“I know that he did really well. He’s come here and not played in many games, but I like the player.”

The Arsenal manager spoke again yesterday about the need to trim his squad before the transfer window closes, and Perez is one of the prime candidates for departure.

“To be honest the number is too high,” he said, “and we will let some players go because too much competition for places is detrimental.”

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