Deportivo La Coruna forward Florin Andone is still hoping a deal can be done to re-sign Lucas Perez from Arsenal this summer, despite the club having had a £9million (€10m) rejected by the Gunners for the 28 year old.
Arsenal have reportedly set a £13.4million (€15million) asking price for the player; a figure that Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo say is “impossible” for the Spanish club to match.
Despite the setback, Andone says he is hopeful that something will happen before the 31st August transfer deadline:
“It’s difficult, it was difficult and it will be difficult to sign him. We all know that it is very difficult for him to come because he is a player worth many millions, a player that you can not sign today or tomorrow. Complicated, but until August 31 many things can happen and he could end up wearing our shirt.”
It is a surprising statement considering the Romanian international was signed as Perez’s replacement last summer for €4.7million. He scored an impressive 12 goals in 37 league appearances last season, despite Depor struggling against relegation in La Liga.
The pair would be in direct competition with each other for the lone striker role next season, but it very much depends on Deportivo managing to agree a deal with Arsenal for Perez.