Deportivo La Coruna remain keen on Arsenal outcast Lucas Perez

Kristopher Nichols
August 11, 2017

Newcastle have been scouring the market for new additions this summer and, despite adding five players to his squad, manager Rafael Benitez said he was frustrated with the lack of movement on Wednesday.

"I am not happy [with transfer dealings] but for me it is a challenge", he told Sky Sports.

Whilst it's conceivable that Perez would knock back a move to Turkey, Newcastle are able to provide Premier League football, good wages, and a decent financial solution for Arsenal.

Benitez was promised "every last penny" that the club generated through promotion and player sales by Mike Ashley earlier this summer.

However, the former Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid manager insisted Newcastle, who begin the Premier League campaign against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday (13 August), have not strengthened enough. "We must have a game plan and try and stick to it".

"Sometimes it is not about you want, it is about what you need and what you can afford now".

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"It's quite hard for every team, but especially the ones that do not have as much money as the others", he said. "We will continue to fight because the truth is that he [Perez] is looking forward to joining us".

However, the Spanish club are struggling to meet the Gunners' reported £13m asking price and talks are rumbling on.

The 21-year-old was sent home from Chelsea's pre-season tour of China after he made negative comments about the country on his Instagram account.

There's no big advance right now to scare Deportivo, so they're getting confident again, and won't rule out Lucas Perez arriving.

Benitez has now admitted that he feels that his side have not improved much on what they had available to them last season.

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