By Tom Blackburn
Lucas Perez is closing in on his move to Arsenal after being pictured at Heathrow Airport on Monday.
The Mirror has reported that the striker has already completed his medical and is arriving in London ahead of the official announcement on Tuesday.
Assuming the deal goes through, Perez would be available for selection after the international break and has a fortnight to acclimatise before the Gunners’ next Premier League match against Southampton.
Perez was being targeted by Everton too this summer, but BBC Sport correspondent David Ornstein claimed on his personal Twitter account last week that the Gunners had beaten Everton to the signing of Deportivo La Coruna’s Perez after triggering his £17million release clause.
This was subsequently confirmed by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as he outlined the dual arrival of Perez and Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi.
“We have bought two players in Mustafi and Lucas Perez. They’ve both had medicals but we need to complete the paperwork,” Wenger told Sky Sports, as quoted by their website, in the aftermath of Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Watford on Saturday.
“We have a good little break now and we can help them to join the squad. Lucas Perez is not in the Spanish national team so can join straight away but for Mustafi we have to wait until after the break because he goes with Germany.”
Perez, who joined Deportivo permanently last summer for £1.3million after spending the previous season on loan from PAOK, scored 17 La Liga goals in 2015-16 to ensure Deportivo escaped the drop from Spain’s top flight.
In all competitions he scored 19 goals and supplied 11 assists from just 39 matches for the Spanish club.
In other Everton transfer news, they submit a £20.5million bid for a Premier League ace and have offered a four-year deal.