Deportivo La Coruna boss Pepe Mel has admitted his frustrations at the club’s lack of transfer business.
Whilst Europe’s biggest club’s continue to spend silly money on players this summer, Galician side Depor have spent just under £20m this summer on several arrivals.
Mel, who arrived last season at the club wants to propel the club back into Europa League contention and stop any doubts on their top flight future.
The arrivals of Adrian Lopez, Fabian Schar, Zakaria Bakkali and Gerard Valentin to name a few have added experience and extra talent to Mel’s squad, however, he has reiterated his desire to bring in another striker.
Linked with a move for former player Lucas Perez, who wants to leave Arsenal, Mel admitted paying his asking price is not a realistic option at present.
“Some clubs are signing players for more than €200m, others for €30-50m, while we can’t afford €12m for Lucas Perez,” lamented Mel on El Partidazo de Cope.
“We are of course happy with the arrival of a second forward (Adrian Lopez) but we need at least one more for the position.
“The opening day? We are working very hard and studying Madrid closely, our aim is to take the three points from the game.
Further discussing the upcoming season, the former West Bromwich Albion man said he wants nobody talking about relegation at the club.
“Our hope is that when there have been four or five games of the season, nobody is talking about Depor getting relegated.”