The Gunners signed the forward from the La Liga club 12 months ago but the 28 year old’s agent revealed in May that the player wants to leave the Emirates this summer in order to get more first team football.
Fernandez is quoted by Mundo Deportivo as saying that although he would like Perez to return to the Riazor stadium, it doesn’t look likely due to the finances required for a deal to go ahead:
“I would like Lucas to return.It is not easy, he has a high contract and he is in a club that has paid a lot of money for him, but I have never hidden it: if we could, we would. If it can be this year, or the next, but I am convinced that he will return to Deportivo one day.”
Turkish club Fenerbahce have also been heavily linked with a move for the Spaniard but it seems increasingly unlikely that Arsenal will be able to recoup much of the £17million they paid Depor for the player.
With the imminent arrival of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon, Perez will move further down the pecking order. Last season, the striker managed just 10 starts, although he did score seven goals and contributed six assists during his first campaign with the Gunners.