By Tony Hughes
Arsenal have moved closer to signing their new striker as Lucas Perez has passed his medical, according to a report.
The Sun claimed on Friday evening that the Deportivo La Coruna striker has completed his medical successfully, and the club should make an official announcement soon.
Perez would be available for selection after the international break and would have a fortnight to acclimatise before the Gunners’ next Premier League match against Southampton.
BBC Sport correspondent David Ornstein claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Gunners have beaten Everton to the signing of Deportivo La Coruna’s Perez after triggering his £17.1million release clause.
He also stated that Arsenal are close to agreeing a deal to sign Valencia centre-back Mustafi in a deal that will cost over £35million.
The impending double deal will be a huge relief to Arsenal fans, who have been frustrated that their club have begun the season with a team weakened by injury and availability issues.
Perez will join an Arsenal attack that has been spearheaded by wide man Alexis Sanchez in the opening two Premier League matches, while Olivier Giroud works his way back to fitness after Euro 2016.
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.
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