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Club president confirms Arsenal transfer talks with Lucas Perez

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Arsenal forward Lucas Perez could be heading for a summer return to Deportivo La Coruna after club president Tino Fernandez revealed discussions between the clubs.

The Spaniard joined the north London club from Depor last summer after they triggered the £17.2m release clause in his contract – ahead of league rivals Everton.

Perez has since endured one of the toughest spells in his professional career after having been restricted to just two starts over the course of the 2016/17 league season.

Speaking to Spanish daily AS, Fernandez admitted that the club are indeed in talks with the Gunners as they seek to Perez back to his hometown in the summer.

He also added that the deal is unlikely to take an easy route with the player currently contracted on a £70,000 a week package, which remains a stumbling block for the La Liga minnows.

“For us it’s a priority that he comes back, although it’s not easy.” he told AS.  “He has a high contract for several seasons at a great club.

“We are knocking on the door and talking to them. The commitment we have is that if he leaves we would be the first choice.”

Despite Deportivo’s pursuit, Wenger has previously admitted that he would like to keep hold of the forward with a view to offering him an extended role next term.

The Spaniard has found some success in the Cup and Champions League games this term, and this has seen him notch a tally of seven goals and six assists in his maiden English season.

Perez is likely to take up a role on the substitutes’ bench on Saturday afternoon when Arsenal take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

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