Arsene Wenger has apologised to Lucas Perez for giving his No.9 shirt to Alexandre Lacazette, according to the Spaniard’s agent.
Perez is widely expected to leave Arsenal after failing to make an impact since his £17million arrival from Deportivo La Coruna last summer.
The striker, who started just two Premier League games last season, was stripped of his No.9 shirt this summer following the club-record signing of Lacazette from Lyon.
But Perez’s agent, Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle, has revealed that Wenger apologised for making that decision in a private transfer meeting last week.
‘We spoke to him [Wenger] on Friday in a long conversation,’ Lovelle told Radio Marca Coruna.
‘He was the one that set that starting price of €15million and acknowledged that he was wrong in some things [giving Perez’s shirt number to Lacazette].
‘He apologised for not doing as they ought to.’
Perez’s agent also insists the 28-year-old has received multiple offers but the best bid so far has been from his former club Deportivo.
‘Lucas Perez is calm, he has to train and worry about preparing for the season. He wants to play, he has said he wants to leave, but we also know that he has a three-year contract with a club that he signed 11 months ago,’ said Lovelle.
‘At least we already have that asking price.
‘We consider it high and disproportionate because in the end he is a player who cost Arsenal €21 million and now comes after a year in which he has not played much and with a repayment of €5m per year to be distributed over four years.
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‘It’s important to be clear – it’s impossible that Lucas Perez can go to Deportivo today.
‘To this day the best offer is from Deportivo. There is a lot of interest in the French league, the Turkish league, the Premier League, the Bundesliga.
‘It’s normal, we’re talking about an Arsenal player who did not play a lot there but he’s the only one who scored in four competitions.’