According to latest reports, Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez has passed his Arsenal medical ahead of his £17m move to the North London club.
Football writer, Carlos Rosende has claimed that Perez has now passed his Arsenal medical and feels the announcement will happen tomorrow. Here is the tweet.
Lucas Pérez pasa reconocimiento médico esta tarde en Londres. Si todo está OK y no hay cambio de planes, mañana se hará el anuncio oficial.
— Carlos Rosende (@theRosende) August 26, 2016
According to Spanish football expert, Guillem Balague, Perez and Mustafi are set to be announced at around 3pm, although we have no idea whether that is today or tomorrow. Here is the tweet from his official twitter account.
Lucas Pérez that is. Him and Mustafi will be presented at the same time around 3pm (traffic permitted) https://t.co/JiAxejKMud
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) August 26, 2016
The striker, who is expected to push Giroud for a starting spot is expected to sign a 4-year deal with the Gunners, according to Goal.
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.
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