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Depor back in for Arsenal’s Lucas Perez

Deportivo are back in the race to sign Arsenal striker Lucas Perez, according to Tino Fernandez.

Having left the Galician side for Arsenal last summer, Perez found playing time hard to come by under Arsene Wenger, despite the Frenchman’s admiration of his ability and season prior to the move, where he scored an impressive 17 goals in 37 games.

Just 11 appearances in the Premier League have seen he Spaniard looking to leave, and with the arrival of French striker Alexandre Lacazette from Olympique Lyonnais at the Emirates, Perez has talked of his poor treatment.

Speaking with La Voz de Galicia two weeks ago, Perez discussed his time at the North London club and his frustrations – which included having the number nine shirt taken from him and given to Lacazette.

Reports in Spanish press claimed Depor had offered the striker a 10-year contract to return to the Riazor but further reports saw him linked with a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce.

Whilst a summer exit looks certain, it is unsure where he will end up with Deportivo now hopeful a move could still happen.

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“We can’t wait much longer and are looking at other options,” Depor president Fernandez told the Galicia en Goles radio show.

“We are in August and it is an important position and whilst nothing is impossible, we have a (financial) limit.

“I will not speak of figures but we have done all we can and understand 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’s a possibility and we will continue to fight because the truth is the player is looking forward to joining us.”

Perez began his playing career with Atletico Madrid, before spells with Rayo Vallecano, Dinamo Kiev and PAOK.

During his time with Deportivo, he scored an impressive 24 goals in 59 games.

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