Espanyol open to offers

Inaki Perez de Arrilucea has outlined Espanyol’s ‘obligation’ to study offers that arrive for their players, but has detailed specific terms.

Los Pericos head into the January transfer window with speculation over a number of their first team squad and their director responsible for sporting management now admitting offers will be considered.

“Our obligation, as the board, is to listen to offers that may arrive,” Inaki has told reporters this week.

“They will be assessed and we will proceed in the best way that suits. Clearly, there are players we all have in mind that if necessary, we will act in another way.”

Christian Stuani continues to be linked with a move away, with the latest rumours suggesting Lazio are interested.

“We have been asked about Stuani’s situation, but there has been no firm proposal. If someone wants to take him, they must present an offer and Espanyol will study it.

“Stuani is an important player in our squad. And to leave, it would need to be economically of interest to the club and to the player.

“Pizzi? He wants to go, considering the proximity of the World Cup. He knows that if he barely plays with us, he will not be selected [by Portugal]. That is understandable. But so is that Espanyol will not let him leave to reinforce a direct rival. When he returns, if there is an offer, it will be studied. But it is not hopeless and yes, he is a player in our squad.”

Los Pericos are in contract talks with Kiko Casilla and Victor Sanchez over new deals.

“I am optimistic for their renewals. I am sure they will sign. The positions are close and I do not think they will take long to close.

“The differences are not as we have had with others players, who ended up leaving,” concluded Inaki, in reference to Joan Verdu last term.

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