Lucas to be a Gunner

ARSENAL have agreed a deal to sign Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez after meeting his buy-out clause of £17.1 million (RM91 million).

The 27-year-old Perez will now undergo a medical and discuss personal terms before the move can be finalised, reported Sky Sports.

Deportivo announced Perez had been withdrawn from their squad for the trip to face Real Betis in a La Liga match on Friday.

The club said in a statement: “Striker Lucas Perez will not fly to Sevilla, with permission of the club,” Deportivo said in a statement.

He had loan spells at Rayo Vallecano and Karpaty Lviv in Ukraine, but kick-started his career in Greece with PAOK Thessaloniki.

He returned to Spain on loan with Deportivo, and was such a success that they signed him on a permanent deal last summer.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made no secret of his desire to bolster his striking options this summer, but attempts to sign Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette have failed.

Known simply as Lucas, he is a late developer, having spent much of his early 20’s in the Spanish lower leagues playing for Atletico Madrid’s junior team.

Arsenal are also in advanced negotiations to sign Valencia centreback Shkodran Mustafi and are ready to pay a fee which could rise to £35 million (RM186 million) to get him.

The Gunners have been chasing the German international for weeks and have increased their offer in the hope of getting a deal completed before the transfer deadline closes on Wednesday.

It was reported earlier this month Mustafi had agreed to the move, but the two clubs were unable to agree on the transfer fee.
— Agencies

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