Arsenal’s bid for Deportivo de La Coruña’s Lucas Pérez has been rejected, according to Cadena Ser (via the Daily Mail), as the Gunners join Everton in the race to sign the centre foward.
The north Londoners are believed to have offered to pay Lucas’ £17.1 million release clause in two instalments; an offer deemed as “unnacceptable” by Deportivo who want the complete figure.
Arsenal have thus far missed out on reported targets such as Álvaro Morata, Jamie Vardy and Alexandre Lacazette this summer, as the club’s search to bolster their attack continues.
Reports from Marca and El Confidencial today claimed there was “total agreement” between Arsenal and Deportivo on the prospect of Lucas’ sale, with more bold statements revealing a deal will “almost certainly” take place.
BBC Sport understands Arsenal are indeed interested in signing Lucas, meanwhile Everton and Valencia are also in the hunt.
However, the 27-year-old, according to Sky Sports News, is thought to favour Champions League football, as the Spanish press move to place Arsenal as favourites to land him.
As per Spanish paper AS, Lucas holds a great deal of gratitude towards Deportivo, partially responsible for his recent rise to prominence, and the striker will only look to leave the La Liga club for a “big project”.
Everton aren’t thought to be deemed by Lucas and his camp as the talked about “project”, despite talks regarding a move to the Toffees being at a more advanced stage.
Negotiations between Arsenal and the Galician club are still in its initial stages, however.
Lucas hit 17 La Liga goals last season, attracting reported interest from Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion and even Barcelona this summer.