Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ’99 per cent confident’ that his club will complete the captures of Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi.
The Gunners have had offers accepted for both players and should complete the deals on completion of medicals.
Arsenal’s supporters have been crying out for new signings this summer and are sure to be delighted with the imminent arrivals of Valencia’s Germany international centre half Mustafi and Deportivo La Coruna’s Spanish forward Lucas.
Wenger said on Friday morning: ‘We are working on the deals but we are not close enough to announce today. Will we sign anyone before the window closes? I’m 99 per cent confident.’
Perez is expected to join for around £16.9million while Los Che’s Mustafi is said to be worth £35m.
The 27-year-old was prolific last season in a struggling Deportivo team, having made a permanent return to his hometown club following a year on loan with PAOK in Greece.
He scored 17 in 37 games — including a run of seven goals in seven successive games between October and December last year — and was on target again last week in the opening game of the La Liga campaign against Eibar.
For Mustafi a move to Arsenal would mark a return to English football, four years after leaving Everton.
He moved to Merseyside from Hamburg at the age of 16 only to be sold to Sampdoria, having played just once for the Goodison Park club in a Europa League tie.
From Sampdoria he joined Valencia where his form proved strong enough to earn him a late call into Joachim Low’s squad for the World Cup in 2014. He was also in the squad for Euro 2016.
Mustafi will add to the strong German presence at Arsenal alongside Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Serge Gnabry. If Wenger can complete the two signings before Wednesday’s deadline, it will take Arsenal’s summer spending close to £100m.
MUSTAFI LEAGUE 2015-16
Pass accuracy: 81 per cent
Duels won: 47 per cent
Shot accuracy: 24 per cent
Chance created: 4
Total defensive errors: 1
Yellow/red cards: 14/0
PEREZ LEAGUE 2015-16
Shot accuracy: 59 per cent
Chance created: 72
Pass accuracy: 79 per cent
Duels won: 46 per cent
Yellow/red cards: 3/0
ARSENAL EXPECTED SUMMER BUSINESS
Granit Xhaka (B M’gladbach) £32m
Rob Holding (Bolton) £2.5m
Takuma Asano (Sanf Hiroshima) £3.5m
Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia) £35m
Total spending: £89.9m
French boss Wenger was also asked on Friday if 24-year-old Mustafi’s arrival would affect the future of Calum Chambers, 21, at the club.
The 66-year-old replied: ‘Future, no. The fact that he could go out on loan somewhere and play, yes,’ before going on to insist that Chambers would not be sold.
Regarding Joel Campbell, who joined Sporting Lisbon on loan at the weekend, Wenger then stated that the Costa Rica international still has a future at the Emirates Stadium.
‘I believe that he has been a victim of the size of the squad. At an age where he needs to play, don’t rule out that he comes back.’
Arsenal face Watford at Vicarage Road in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, after collecting just one point from their opening two matches of the season: a 4-3 home defeat by Liverpool followed by a 0-0 away draw with champions Leicester City.