Deportivo president Tino Fernandez says Lucas Perez is “looking forward” to returning to his former club, with the Liga side hopeful a deal can be done.
It’s almost certain Perez will leave this summer and Deportivo looks the most likely option, although Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has admitted he is interested.
Fernandez admits that it will be a difficult deal to pull off, for financial reasons, but is hopeful the two clubs can reach agreement.
“Nothing is impossible but we have a limit,” he said via ESPN. “I never mention figures but we have done all that Deportivo can, even making a big effort because of the importance that I believe Lucas can have in this team next season.
“This is a very difficult negotiation but if I didn’t think there was a chance I would say so. If we are still in the race [to acquire him] it’s because we believe there is a possibility. We will continue to fight because the truth is that he [Perez] is looking forward to joining us.”
Reports have claimed Arsenal want to recoup most of the £17m they paid for Perez, and Deportivo want a deal done quickly, or say they will have to move on to other targets.
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“We can’t wait much more,” Fernandez added. “We are also looking at other options as we have to take decisions because we are in the month of August and that is an important position.”