La Liga side desperate to sign Arsenal striker but face tough competition

Hope Soto
August 11, 2017

Newcastle would undoubtably still value the Spaniard's experience in both La Liga as well as his limited time in the Premier League as the club step back up to the top flight following promotion from the Championship last season.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Benitez said: "I am not happy but at the same time for me it's a challenge".

Benitez said inflated prices in the transfer market were a big part of the problem, but also said the Magpies were paying the price for making a slow start to the summer. "We missed some targets at the beginning, and now we're trying to do our best with what's available".

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"I like the player because I have good friends in A Coruña", Benitez was quoted as saying by the Chronicle after the 2-0 win over Hellas Verona.

"It's quite hard for every team, but especially the ones that do not have as much money as the others", he said.

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There was a rumour of a power struggle at Newcastle regarding player recruitment. "We must have a game plan and try and stick to it".

The 21-year-old arrived at Chelsea from Brazilian club Fluminense in summer 2015 and instead of becoming another member of the loan brigade from the get-go, he was integrated into the first-team instead.

Deportivo La Coruna are still hopeful of re-signing Arsenal striker Lucas Perez but don't believe they can match competing offers.

Owner Mike Ashley had promised Benitez "every last penny" to improve the squad, but fans are unhappy at how little has been done.

Former Liverpool striker Dean Saunders believes Rafa Benitez could walk away from Newcastle United.

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