After spending quite a lot of money in this transfer window, Arsenal are trying to recover some of the funds that have been used to bring in five players.
The Gunners had a limited budget to begin this season and the investment has been quite heavy. The club has decided to generate some funds by selling players.
If reports in Portuguese publication A Bola, are to be believed, Lucas Perez could be on his way out with a move to Sporting Lisbon with the North London club accepting a £4.4m offer. However, the Portuguese club will have to sort out personal terms with the forward.
This seems very little for a player that is clearly talented and has been treated rather unfairly at the club. Also, when you see other clubs selling squad players for a high price, it makes one wonder whether there is a problem in the Arsenal board.
It is being suggested that new manager Unai Emery does not see a future for Perez at the club and that is the reason why the Gunners are willing to sell him. Selling players that do not have a future at the club is a good way of freeing up some wages that can be put to better use.
There are also suggestions that the Gunners are looking to bring in more players and if that were to happen, funds need to be generated.
The £80,000-a-week star who joined Arsenal in the summer of 2016 has never really been able to establish himself at the Emirates. After his first season, he was sent on loan to Deportivo La Coruna where he was one of their most impressive players in a highly disappointing season.
And earlier in the preseason, it seemed like he was going to give a chance but as we can see now, there seems to be a change in plans.
The new season looks to be a promising one for the Gunners as there is a real optimism that surrounds the club at the moment. And if the squad can be improved despite a player like Perez leaving, then it does not matter that much in the long run.
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