Arsenal turned down Lucas Perez in July

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Arsenal are finally getting the striker they have been so desperately seeking all summer.

The last few months have seen almost every transfer target Arsene Wenger pursue come to nothing and it had left many Gunners' supporters fearing the worst about their chances this season.

But it now looks like they are edging ever closer to the signing of Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez, just a month after the club initially turned down the opportunity to sign him.

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The 27-year-old is expected to complete his medical on Friday after Arsenal agreed to match his £17 million price tag.

However, according to The Mirror, Perez was previously written off by club scouts back in July when they were considering potential signings.

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Their failed attempts to sign Jamie Vardy and Alexandre Lacazette have forced Wenger into a difficult position and with time running out before the transfer window shuts next week, Arsenal appear to have made a U-turn on Perez.

The Spaniard scored 17 goals in La Liga last season which has clearly been enough to convince Wenger he can cut it in the Premier League, despite fairly modest tallies in previous campaigns.

Everton were thought to be winning the race for the ex-PAOK forward but his desire to play in the Champions League has handed Arsenal the advantage.


Wenger can argue otherwise, but since the club have so drastically changed their opinion on Perez in recent weeks, the critics have been given even more ammunition to label him a 'panic buy'.

And as well as giving the Gunners the opportunity to sign their striker, Deportivo are also having a big impact in another transfer Wenger is desperately hoping to cross the line.

The north London side have been trying to sign Valencia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi for the last few weeks but have now been given a fresh glimmer of hope.


Valencia have reportedly agreed a deal to sign defender Sidnei from Deportivo, potentially freeing up Mustafi to move to England over the next few days.

It has been such a frustrating transfer window at the Emirates so far but if they can complete these two deals, it will certainly ease the pressure on Wenger - even if it is just for a brief period of time.

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