​Lucas Perez will miss Arsenal's pre-season tour of Australia and China as Fenerbahce step up their pursuit of the striker. 

The 28-year old was linked with a move back to his former Deportivo La Coruna, but their president Tino Fernandez told the ​Evening Standard that: "The possibilities are remote."


"We've spoken to Arsenal, we were interested and we informed them of that, although it's true that that was days ago and other things have happened since then, like the fact that he will not be with the team for a few games." 

Bein Sports Turkey report that Fenerbahce have stepped up their pursuit of Perez with the Turkish club to meet his agent later on this week. 

After starting his career at Rayo Vallecano, it was at Greek club PAOK FC where Perez first made his name. He scored nine league goals in 2013-14 as PAOK secured their highest ever finish in the Greek Super League since 1985, finishing runners up to Olympiakos. 


He then moved back to Spain to join his boyhood club Deportivo La Coruna where he would score 17 goals in the 2015-16 season. This persuaded Arsene Wenger to spend £17.1m to bring Perez to the Emirates in August 2016. 

Perez's first goals for Arsenal came in a 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the League Cup, he also scored a memorable hat trick during Arsenal's 4-1 Champions League win in Basel. 

The 28-year old striker would only make 11 appearances in the Premier League, scoring a solitary goal away against Bournemouth. 

The arrival of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon looks to have ended Perez's Arsenal career. He has not been selected for the Gunners' pre-season tour of Australia and China, which will include fixtures against Bayern Munich and Chelsea.