Deportivo La Coruna have had a €12m bid for Lucas Perez rejected by Arsenal, 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, having submitted their interest, Depor lodged an improved offer of €12m offer for the 28-year-old, but it has now been rejected by the English side.
“It was a more than reasonable offer for a player who Arsenal have devalued,” Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle is quoted as telling La Voz de Galicia.
“But the club have turned down the offer and so far they have rejected everything.
“Most recently there has been an offer of €10m plus €2m in variables which they didn’t consider and then Depor went up to €12m without variables and again they rejected it.”
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.