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Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he’ll reluctantly sell Lucas Perez this summer despite rating the striker.
Arsenal have already received an offer from the Spaniard’s former club Deportivo La Coruna but aren’t willing to do business unless their €15 million valuation is matched. The likes of Sevilla, Newcastle United and Fenerbahce have also been mooted as suitors.
Perez only moved to the Emirates a year ago but has seen his first team opportunities limited due to the competition for attacking places. With Alexandre Lacazette added to the roster and the boss adamant that Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez won’t leave, something had to give.
“We have a congestion of strikers,” explained Wenger. “I don’t like to lose him [Perez] because, for me, he’s a top-quality striker but we have many strikers.
“At some stage, too much competition is not competition anymore. You cannot give a chance to everybody, so if he finds a satisfying solution, at least for a short time, he will do it.”
Perez is hoping that regular game time in pastures new might provide a platform to make Spain’s World Cup squad. He’ll no doubt be hoping his future is resolved soon because with no pre-season minutes under his belt he’s going to be racing against the clock to start the season on the front foot.