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Deportivo fly in to North London for Perez talks

Deportivo fly in to North London for Perez talks

Deportivo La Coruna president Tino Fernandez has flown into North London to begin talks with Arsenal over striker Lucas Perez, according to reports.

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.

And, it is now understood that the La Liga side have made further moves to bring him back to the club.

La Voz de Galicia report that Depor are confident they can bring him back for the start of the La Liga season, but are reluctant to pay his £15m asking price.

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Earlier this month, Pepe Mel completed the signature of Adrian Lopez from Porto and he wants Perez to partner the former Villarreal man next season.

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.