Perez has been linked with the Premier League champions for a number of months after scoring 17 La Liga goals last season for the Galician side, making him the fourth highest scoring Spaniard in the top flight after Aritz Aduriz, Ruben Castro and Swansea’s record-signing Borja Baston.
Lucas, a boyhood Depor fan, finally achieved his dream of donning the blue and white two summers ago after turbulent spells in Greece and Ukraine, and equalling Bebeto’s 22 year club record of scoring in seven consecutive league games at the start of last season.
However, the 27-year-old now appears ready to swap A Coruna’s sea breeze for the banks of the River Soar (below).
According to Sport, as reported by the Express, Leicester are currently negotiating personal terms with the uncapped forward and hope to finalise the transfer before the end of this week.
And Lucas, who was also linked with Napoli, Barcelona and Sevilla this summer, would appear to slot perfectly into Claudio Ranieri’s game plan at the King Power Stadium.
A direct, tireless runner, Lucas was adored by Depor fans for his relentless work rate and harrying of opponents, epitomised by his late equaliser against Atletico Madrid in October where Lucas stole the ball from Jose Maria Gimenez before cooly rounding Jan Oblak (below).
Essentially, Lucas is Jamie Vardy in everything but name and nationality.
With eight assists to his name last season, the 28-year-old is also a considerate team-player, something Ranieri (below), who demands such high levels of commitment from his players, will no doubt appreciate.
“What Lucas is doing is tremendous,” former Depor coach Víctor said last season, reported by The Guardian. “We have spent a long time now reading and listening to people praising him and I would like to join them because it is not just goals, it is that he gives us a spectacular [amount of] work.”
Furthermore, Lucas something of a welcome antithesis to the sports cars and selfies of the modern footballer. He is a family man, humble and hard-working.
Lucas and Leicester, then, appear a match made in footballing heaven.