London Colney - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed the
club were close to completing transfers on Friday, amid reports they are poised
to sign Germany centre-back Shkodran Mustafi and Spanish striker Lucas Perez.
British press reports claim Mustafi, 24, will sign from
Valencia for around 35 million pounds ($46.2 million, 40.9 million euros), with
Perez, 27, set to cost around 17 million pounds from Deportivo La Coruna.
Both players will reportedly undergo medical examinations on
"We are working on the deals," Wenger said.
"We are not close enough to announce today that they will sign for us.
Will we sign anybody before the end of the transfer window? I am 99 percent
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Should both players complete their transfers, Arsenal's spending
for the close season will be close to 100 million pounds.
They have already signed Swiss international Granit Xhaka
from Borussia Moenchengladbach and young pair Rob Holding and Takuma Asano.
Wenger has come under pressure from the club's fans to bring
in new players, with supporters chanting "Spend some money!" during
last weekend's 0-0 draw at Leicester City.
But Wenger said he would not be influenced by the fans'
"I'm happy when our supporters are happy, but my job is
to make the right decisions," the Frenchman told reporters at Arsenal's
London Colney training centre.
"If that is exactly similar to the contract of the
players and that maintains the supporters being happy, that is even better. I
focus first on making the right decisions for the club."For
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