Club already in talks with £70,000-a-week star as they look to complete Arsenal transfer deal

Lucas Perez

Spanish forward Lucas Perez is reportedly lining up a possible return to Deportivo La Coruna following his limited playing time at Arsenal this term.

The 28-year-old joined the north London giants from the Spanish minnows last summer after they managed to trigger his release clause of around £17.3m.

Perez had just come through a 17-goal La Liga season at Deportivo, and it had been suggested that he could take over the centre-forward role ahead of Gunners favourite Olivier Giroud.

However, he has since found himself on the fringes of the first-team with manager Arsene Wenger opting to tweak between Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Giroud for the striker’s position.

Perez has made just two Premier League starts over the course of the season – which includes his debut against Southampton in September 2016, and he is now prepared to move on in the quest for regular action.

Spanish outlet La Voz de Galicia, via The Star, claims that the forward has been in contact with Deportivo over a possible comeback, and he is prepared to take a significant pay cut on his £70,000-a-week wages in order to realise the move.

The attacker has previously highlighted that he is loving his life in the English capital, but the lack of regular gametime has urged him to reconsider his future with the north London giants.

Perez is eager to earn his maiden call-up with Spain during the next season with the view to featuring for La Roja at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

Despite his struggles this term, Perez has managed seven goals and five assists for the FA Cup semi-finalists with his highlight moment being the Champions League hat-trick against Swiss club Basel.

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