Arsenal need to solve the long term issues at wing as soon as possible. There are host of names said to be on Arsenal’s list of potential transfer targets but allow me to throw in another, Newcastle’s Ayoze Pérez Gutiérrez.
Ayoze Perez ✅
Sadio Mane ✅
Jamie Vardy ✅
Sergio Aguero ✅
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 12, 2019
Perez was superb for Newcastle last term and will no doubt be feeling unsettled by the departure of manager Rafa Benitez, who failed to agree a contract extension.
It won’t be easy or cheap to prize the Spaniard away from Tyneside and there is the added complication of a new managerial appointment to add to the confusion but Arsenal should make an initial approach in the meantime. The 25 year old attacking midfielder is likely to cost the top end of £20m, closely to £26 or £30m but you get a lot of player for your buck.
He would be absolutely perfect for Lacazette and Aubameyang with his vision, energy and urgency. Beautifully balanced and with good close control, Pérez would lead the charge in attack with his boundless midfield creativity and if Arsenal added to the flanks, the potential would be fearsome.
Carrying on the Arsenal connection, it’s rumoured that Mikel Arteta is on Newcastle’s wish list but you will find that his name will automatically surface with any vacancy in the premiership.
? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:
While I’d love him to stay, whatever happens this summer with Ayoze Perez, he’ll remain a great servant of this insane club.
£1.5m and 47 goals for #NUFC amid chaos and instability
If you think otherwise, give your head a wobble pic.twitter.com/mAG9wnPoEq
— Chris Shipman (@chrisshipmanTF) May 9, 2019
However, if Pérez wanted a challenge and massive project to prove himself, then Newcastle would be perfect. That may mean that the transfer of Pérez may become extremely difficult with a respected fellow countryman in charge and it may push the price through the stratosphere.
The game changer could be the destination of Mesut Ozil, whom it’s rumoured that Arsenal are still actively seeking to offload. This being the case, the gunners would have more artistic license and cash in the transfer market, meaning that even at £26-£28m, Pérez would be a good investment.
Sky Sports have said that there sources have informed them that the Spaniard would prefer a return to Spain but nothing will happen until Newcastle appoint a new manager, with Claudio Ranieri, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and bookies favourite, Jose Mourinho leading the way as the favoured choices.
Ayoze Perez was signed for £1.5m in 2014.
He's played under four different managers and scored at least 10 goals in the past three seasons.
No player has won more points for the club.
? Underrated. ? pic.twitter.com/WLNe1gAi5x
— bet365 (@bet365) May 12, 2019
Meanwhile, Arsenal are also exploring other options with the likes of Carrasco and Zaha linked with a move to the Emirates so that Emery can support the front two of Lacazette and Aubameyang. Arsenal will launch their new kit for the upcoming season on first of July courtesy of new kit deal with Adidas and fans expect some official transfer confirmations after the new jersey launch.