London - Arsenal have completed a deal to sign Spanish
striker Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna, the Premier League club announced
Arsenal did not disclose either the length of Perez's
contract or the transfer fee, but British media reports said the 27-year-old
had cost around 17 million pounds ($22.3 million, 20 million euros).
Arsenal are also believed to be close to signing Germany
defender Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia for around 35 million pounds.
Discussing Perez, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told the
club website: "He's not only a goalscorer, he's a guy who combines well
with partners, who can give a final ball and makes good runs.
"He's got a good eye for goal and had an outstanding
season last year."
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Arsenal are reported to have seen off competition from
Premier League rivals Everton to secure Perez's signature.
Perez, who is uncapped, scored 19 goals for Deportivo last
season, including 17 in La Liga.
He also scored the winning goal in their 2-1 win over Eibar
on the opening day of this season.
He began his career with Atletico Madrid's C team and has
also played for Rayo Vallecano, Ukrainian side Karpaty Lviv and Greek club
Perez follows Swiss international midfielder Granit Xhaka, Japanese
forward Takuma Asano and young English centre-back Rob Holding in arriving at
Arsenal during the mid-year transfer window.
Runners-up to Leicester City last season, Arsenal are eighth
in the table after three matches of the new campaign.For
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