Arsenal may have an abundance of out-of-favour players that we are trying to get buyers for and finding the going hard, but if there is one departure that we can be certain will happen is the sale of Lucas Perez. The Spaniard has made no secret of his desire to move back to his old club Deportivo La Coruña, and according to the La Liga side’s president Tino Fernandez they are still definitely in with a shout of succeeding.
Fernandez said: “Nothing is impossible but we have a limit.
“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 it’s because we believe there is a possibility.
“We will continue to fight because the truth is that Perez is looking forward to joining us.”
Having said that, he also warned that he wanted a deal done quickly as the season is close to starting. He said: “We can’t wait much more.
“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.
“If he comes, he will have to captain the team with goals, assists and win games.”
But there is real competition from Newcastles Rafael Benitez, who has admitted that he spoke to Arsene Wenger personally about the possible transfer. Benitez said: “I was talking with Arsene yesterday because we had the manager’s meeting and I said ‘Listen, we have to talk”
“He said ‘Listen, you have some money?’ – I like the player but it’s too soon to talk about that.”
So at least we have some real interest in one of our outgoing players, but how on earth are we going to get rid of the rest?