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Transfer rumor: Lazio interested in Lucas Perez

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Lucas Perez arrived at Arsenal prior to the 2016/17 season as, if not a savior, at least a credible attacking option on the receiving end of Mesut Özil’s and Aaron Ramsey’s work in the midfield. He never really worked out all that well, though, scoring 7 goals in 21 appearances that season before going out on loan last year.

It was clear that Perez, for whatever reason, didn’t really feature in Wenger’s plans following the acquisitions of Alexandre Lacazette prior to the season and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in January, so Perez spent last season at Deportivo La Coruña in Spain.

This past week, there’s been a lot of noise around Perez, mostly from Italian sources who believe that Lazio are interested in acquiring his services. The most recent reports indicate that last time they asked, Lazio were quoted a fee of €8 million for the forward, who they have targeted as one of their main priorities this summer.

Lazio, of course, are Arsenal’s opponent in their final preseason tuneup on Sunday, which brings the tantalizing prospect of an in-game swap; he could play the first half for Arsenal, exit the pitch at half time, go to the other dressing room, change into a Lazio uniform, and finish the game as a Lazio player. I think if he has to go, that’s probably the ideal scenario for a goodbye, don’t you?