Club president opens up on chase for Arsenal forward

Date published: Wednesday 5th July 2017 11:40

The president of Deportivo La Coruna says that he is “convinced” Lucas Perez will return from Arsenal in the near future.

Perez joined the Gunners from Deportivo for around £18million last summer, but has been given scarce opportunities to impress in north London.

The striker featured just 22 times for the club, but scored eight goals and assisted a further six in all competitions.

Perez is intent on leaving this summer with Arsenal courting a number of other strikers, and Deportivo president Tino Fernandez admits a potential return would appeal to the club.

“I would like for Lucas to return,” Fernandez told Marca. “I’ve never hidden the fact that if we could [bring him back], we would. If we can do it this year, we will; if not, it will be next year. I’m convinced that he [Perez] will return to Deportivo one day.

“It’s not easy. He has a big contract and he is at a club that paid a lot of money for him.”

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