It seems Arsenal fans dream to see a striker signing this summer is about to come true with multiple reports confirming that Lucas Perez will join the Gunners.
According to BBC Journalist David Ornstein, the North London club have beaten Premier League rivals Everton to the signing of Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez. The popular journo posted on his official Twitter account:
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 25, 2016
David also confirmed that the Gunners will trigger the release clause in the Spaniard’s contract which is valued at £17.1m, while also claiming that the deal has been agreed.
He is not the only journo claiming this as Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli, who is reporting that Perez will have his medical today(Friday).
— Emanuele Giulianelli (@EmaGiulianelli) August 25, 2016
The 27-year-old starred for Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga last season, bagging 17 goals and 10 assists in 37 appearances. And he had also attracted interest from Deportivo’s Spanish rivals Valencia not very long ago.
Perez began his career at youth level with Atletico Madrid and has since played for Rayo Vallecano, Karpaty Lviv, Dinamo Kiev (loan), PAOK, and most recently Deportivo. He is yet to earn a cap for Spain but is quick and can play off the wing or as a central striker
Wenger is under pressure to recruit a new hitman ahead of next Wednesday’s transfer deadline and has already faced frustration in his attempt to lure Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette to the Emirates.
However earlier this week Lucas Perez was thought to be mulling over a move to Merseyside but Arsenal’s ability to offer him Champions League football appears to have swung the deal in the Gunners’ favor.
Though this signing is unlikely to please those Arsenal fans calling for a glamor arrival, any deal for Perez is likely to relieve the burden on Arsenal’s 29-year old French striker Olivier Giroud’s shoulders.
With just one year left on Wenger’s current contract, the French manager would be determined to bring in at least a center-back and a striker required by the North London club to mount a challenge for the Premier League title this season.
Wenger would also want to prove his mettle to a section of Gooners around the world calling for his imminent ouster. Hence one thing is for sure at the moment, we can expect an exciting last week of the 2016 summer transfer window.
Do you think Perez would make a good signing for Arsenal?