Things change at the end of the transfer window, very quickly indeed. On Wednesday, Spain’s El Confidencial reported that Everton were strongly committed to signing Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna.
The forward had been linked repeatedly with Premier league clubs over the summer. Middlesbrough, West Ham United, and, especially, Leicester City, have all been seriously linked.
We explained on Wednesday: ‘Checking out reports from the British media, El Confidencial say they’ve found out Everton’s operation to buy Lucas Perez is ‘underway and serious’.
It’s stated the ‘truth is’ that Everton activated the process to try and sign Lucas Perez a few days ago. Steve Walsh is said to be guiding this possible move, which would fit in with the earlier Leicester City interest.’
Arsenal have since come in strong and changed everything, perhaps pushed by Everton’s approach. Arsene Wenger’s club would be willing to pay the player’s €20m buyout clause, and would obviously offer much bigger wages than he’s currently on.
El Confidencial say, as it stands, Lucas Perez will ‘almost certainly’ become an Arsenal player.