Arsenal is deliberately blocking a move away for Spanish attacker Lucas Perez by demanding too much for his signature, according to his agent.
Perez joined the Gunners for £17 million from Deportivo La Coruna last summer but failed to nail a starting spot in the Gunners first team despite scoring one goal in every three games he played.
Arsene Wenger favoured the faster duo of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck last season and strained his relationship with Perez further this summer when he stripped the Spaniard of his number 9 Jersey and handed it over to new record signing Alexandre Lacazette without contacting the Spaniard first.
His former team Deportivo is interested in bringing him back to the La Liga, but have made an offer of just £10 million, while the Gunners want at least £15 million. Newcastle is also interested, with Magpies preparing a £13 million offer for his signature.
Rafael Benitez, who has been frustrated by a lack of transfer activity at Saint James Park this summer, confirmed that they have Perez in their plans. Per Sun Sport, Benitez, who spoke after their match against Hellas Verona, told reporters that he likes Perez, and believes the Spaniard would thrive in the Premier League if given more opportunities to play.