arsene wenger
arsene wenger

ARSENE WENGER has essentially confirmed Arsenal’s £52million double deal for Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez and Valencia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi. Wenger, who is famously coy when
it comes to discussing transfers, admitted he was 99 per cent confident of making signings before the transfer deadline on Wednesday. Arsenal have agreed to meet Perez’s £17m buy-out clause at Deportivo and have reached an agreement with Valencia of around £35m for Mustafi. “We are working on the deals, but we are not close enough to announce today,” he said. “Will we sign anyone before the window closes? I’m 99 per cent confident.” The Gunners boss was then asked if fans could expect any more signings on top of Perez and Mustafi, which he quickly denied. “We have a big squad, we cannot have more players anyway,” Wenger replied. Perez and Mustafi are due to travel to London for medicals and sign long-term contracts, taking Wenger’s spending close to £100m for the summer. Arsenal have already signed Granit Xhaka (£34m), Rob Holding (£2m), Kelechi Nwakali (£3m) and Takuma Asano (£800,000), but the
captures of Perez and Mustafi will be met with relief from fans. And the Frenchman looks set to finally complete his pursuit of Germany international Mustafi, having found negotiations with Valencia protracted. Wenger has come under pressure from fans for his transfer activity this summer, which increased after Arsenal’s opening 4-3 defeat at home to Liverpool and 0-0 draw at Leicester on Saturday. Arsenal have needed a striker and a defender all summer, but Wenger has repeatedly cited inflated prices in the transfer market to explain his reluctance to spend big. Wenger did sign Japan striker Asano, 21, but he is now expected to be loaned out after being denied a work permit. And despite having Vardy and Lacazette as his top targets, Wenger has now settled for former Karpaty Lviv and PAOK striker Perez. But Perez is now set for a medical in London today after being offered a four-year contract at the Emirates after the Gunners upped their offer to a full cash bid.

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