Arsenal are set to pay €20m plus an additional £4m in tax for Lucas Perez, now we examine how little of this Deportivo La Coruna will get after they meet their financial obligations. Even the Sportsbetting Odds sites didn’t see this deal coming but Perez is a Gunner and his move to us will benefit so many clubs monetarily.
Local press reports suggest Arsenal will also pay the €1m that must be paid out to Perez’s former sides. The fee will be split between the teams the Spaniard has played for before 23, due to the way the percentage is arranged.
Victoria, whom Perez played for from age 7 to 16, will receive around €300,000 – although the fee only applies to the four years from 12 to 16. Perez spent one season as a youth at Atletico Arteixo and they will receive €100,000. Atletico Madrid, Alaves and Rayo Vallecano will also share €500,000, while the remaining €100,000 is to be split between Ordenes and Montaneros, where he played in 2007 at the age of 19.
This means Arsenal will pay a total of a little over €25m, minus the player’s wages which are €2.5m per year over the course of four years. That makes a total of €35m.
Perez arrived London on Monday and should be presented to the press along with Shkodran Mustafi later today [Tuesday].
This is a good deal for the smaller clubs and it goes to show Perez’s other clubs have always believed he could go on to make a big money move later in his career. It is also probably an indication that every where he has played, he has always been held in high regards.
This is actually good news for us. From all indication the Spaniard is not a world class player, just yet but if the hype surrounding him from the Spanish press especially is true, then maybe he will become world class under Arsenal and Arsene Wenger.
Wenger has managed to turn hitherto average players such as Robin Van Persie and raw players such as Fabregas into world class players, hopefully he will be able to achieve the same result with Perez.
If Perez delivers on his promise, I see no reason why we can not win the league this season. With the signing of Mustafi and Xhaka, we have solved all problems we have in the team.
We can now comfortably field two very strong teams. The depth in the team will mean when our normal annual injury crisis strikes, we will have ample quality on the bench or in reserve to call up on. When Giroud is off form as he normally would, we will have Perez waiting to take his place and there is Walcott and when push comes to shove, Sanchez can play for us as striker as well.
When/If Koscielny gets injured we will have Mertesacker or Gabriel or Rob Holding to call up. This window to be honest was the best Arsenal have had in recent time. Although many including myself would have wanted us to sign at least one world class striker or a wing forward but given the situation we have done considerably well and are clearly ( never mind the British media’s bias ) one of the favorites for the title this season.