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Arsenal will complete signings of Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi

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.

Deportivo La Coruna's Spanish forward Lucas looks on during a game in Bilbao in March

Shkodran Mustafi (left) fights for the ball for Valencia against Las Palmas on Monday nightShkodran Mustafi (left) fights for the ball for Valencia against Las Palmas on Monday night

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.


Appearances: 30

Pass accuracy: 81 per cent

Duels won: 47 per cent

Goals: 2

Shot accuracy: 24 per cent

Chance created: 4

Total defensive errors: 1

Yellow/red cards: 14/0


Appearances: 36

Goals: 17

Shot accuracy: 59 per cent

Chance created: 72

Pass accuracy: 79 per cent

Duels won: 46 per cent

Yellow/red cards: 3/0

Calum Chambers (left) competes with Olivier Giroud in Arsenal training last Friday



Granit Xhaka (B M’gladbach) £32m

Rob Holding (Bolton) £2.5m

Takuma Asano (Sanf Hiroshima) £3.5m

 Lucas Perez (Deportivo) £16.9m

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.

Joel Campbell (right) chases Mohamed Elneny before completing his loan to Sporting Lisbon