Arsenal have surprised many with the signing of new striker this season.
The North London club has completed the transfer of Deportivo La Caruna forward Lucas Perez for £17 million, according to reports. Perez is reported to have flown to London to complete a medical ahead of the move. He is set to sign the dotted lines with the Gunners over the weekend, just before the transfer deadline.
Perez was turned down by his new employers few weeks back, after scouting him for a while. They had the chance to sign him in July but withdrew interest, especially as they hoped other deals in the pipeline would come through. Fans are putting Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger on the spot for not signing more players, particularly in the face of an injury crisis with players not set to return to full match fitness anytime soon. The pressure forced Wenger to go back to the deal to sign the 27-year old player.
Everton are keen on signing the forward before the transfer deadline, forcing Arsenal to make a bid. Perez is reported to be interested in European football, so the move is a dream for him. Arsenal is offering him a four year deal to move to the Emirates. Aside the star signing for the summer, Swiss’ Granit Xhaka, Perez is even more important as Arsenal are in dire need of a goal scorer and a defender.
Perez netted 17 goals last season for his former club, drawing a lot of interest. Leicester City’s former head of recruitment Steve Walsh who joined Everton gave a strong recommendation for the striker. Goodison Park agreed to the move, but Arsenal beat them to get the player. With Wales international Aaron Ramsey out due to injury, Perez would have a critical task ahead of him from the get-go.