Agent questions why Arsenal have rejected €12m bid

Matt Stead

The agent of Lucas Perez has questioned Arsenal as to why they have rejected Deportivo La Coruna’s latest bid.

Perez is destined to leave Arsenal this summer, having been given scant opportunities to impress since signing from Deportivo for £17m last summer.

The striker hit out at the club in a recent interview, describing their decision to give his No 9 shirt to new arrival Alexandre Lacazette as “an ugly gesture”.

Deportivo are seemingly the only club interested in taking the 28-year-old off Arsenal’s hands, but the Gunners want to recoup the money they spent on the Spaniard.

His agent, Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle, believes they should accept a bid of €12m (£10.9m).

“The offer of Deportivo of €12m very much fits with the current market,” Lovelle told La Voz de Galicia.

“Arsenal can’t forget that of the €20m they paid, Deportivo had to give 30% to PAOK, so that only left €14m. And, previously, they had paid the Greek club €1.5m for 70%.

“By this I mean that with this proposal of €12m they’re giving everything they charged for Lucas.

“In a few days I’ll go there again to see if we can unlock this. I say the usual. Arsenal won’t concede, but today it’s the 13th. There is still time.

“Arsenal were the first to show they don’t count on the player, because they removed the shirt without consulting him. As the market is, and considering that they are the first to have devalued him, I think that €12m is a very good offer.”