Newcastle United enter the race for Arsenal ace with a strong offer

After admitting feeling “cheated” by Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman took away his number 9 shirt without informing him, Lucas Perez is desperate to leave Arsenal this summer and may end up on Tyneside.

The Spain international attacker only joined the Gunners last summer for £17 million but failed to nail down a starting spot in the club’s first team despite impressing when given the chance to do so.

His former team, Deportivo La Coruna are his first choice as he is desperate to play his way into the Spanish team for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, but the Spaniards are only looking to sign him on a season long loan deal, which Arsenal is not interested in.

Rafael Benitez is looking to tempt him to Newcastle with both the offer of first team football as well as the Magpies number 9 jersey.

Newcastle has already added, Christian Atsu, Javi Manquillo, among other to their team this summer, and Benitez wants Perez to use his experience playing across the continent to help them remain in the Premier League this season.