Rafael Benitez confirms one on one talks with Arsenal manager

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has admitted he has held talks with Arsene Wenger over the possibility of landing Arsenal attacker, Lucas Perez.

The Spanish boss has been left frustrated by the Magpies lack of signing this summer as they look to remain in the top flight after this season.

Newcastle are operating on a small budget ahead of the new season, and Benitez admitted that a loan deal for Perez would be their best alternative, but the Gunners want a permanent move for the attacker who remains unhappy with the Gunners’ management for giving his shirt number to Alexandre Lacazette without informing him.

Benitez held talks with Wenger at the Premier League managers’ launch earlier this week and told the French manager that he’d love to sign Perez. Although he did not say if Wenger has agreed to sell, it appears as though the Frenchman maintained his club’s stance that only a permanent move would do.

Perez’s agent has told reporters that they want to leave the Gunners, but the player remains contracted to the club and this gives more negotiating power to Arsenal, he claims they would be willing to sell him for £12 million.

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