Arsenal striker Lucas Perez has “no intention of going out on loan” and is “very happy” at the club according to his agent Rodrigo Fernandez who has responded to reports he could leave the club in January on a temporary deal.
Reports in Italy have claimed that Arsene Wenger is willing to listen to offers for the striker when the transfer window reopens in January.
However, Fernandez has been quick to pour cold water on such speculation and has rejected rumours of a move to Inter or Napoli.
When asked if Perez could leave he told Calciomercato.com: “He’s not playing because he is injured. He has no intention of leaving, Arsenal and Wenger are very happy with him. Maybe try asking them!”
When pressed further on how his client could be happy at being third choice behind Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez he continued: “He was playing, but he hurt his ankle. He’s been out for over a month.”
As Fernandez says, the striker is currently out of action after picking up an ankle injury during the EFL Cup win over Reading and has returned to Spain for treatment.
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He was not expected to return until later this year although he has taken to social media recently to show he is back in training and hoping to return to action sooner than expected.
Perez was a £17 million buy from Deportivo La Coruna in the summer but has struggled to make much of an impact at Arsenal since his arrival.
He has only scored twice so far, both goals coming against Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup, and has yet to score in the Premier League making just one start against Southampton in September.
While injury has disrupted his campaign the form of Alexis Sanchez up front has also seen his chances of first-team action reduced.
Perez also faces competition from Olivier Giroud for a place and with Danny Welbeck set to return in the New Year, he may find game time difficult to come by.
Arsenal have already sent out players such as Calum Chambers, Jack Wilshere, Joel Campbell and Wojciech Szczesny out on loan although it would be something of a surprise if Perez were to follow them having only arrived at the end of September.