Transfer balls: Arsenal get Lucas Perez and line up Mustafi for £26m
Arsenal can have Valencia’s German defender Shkodran Mustafi for £26m. so says Sky Sports, who describe Mustafi as the ” wantaway defender”.
The Star says the deal has been agreed.
No news elsewhere that is has been. The Telegraph says it hasn’t, noting that Arsenal are keen on Mateo Musacchio and Kostas Manolas. “It is unclear whether the third target…is still Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi or another player,” says the paper.
The BBC has news of another Arsenal target, reporting that the Gunners “are hoping to beat Everton to the £17m signing of Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez Martinez”. The Telegraph says Perez “has been compared to Leicester forward Jamie Vardy”, who rejected a move to Arsenal in the summer.
But unlike Vardy, who rejected Arsenal, Perez is on his way to the Emirates. The Indy says “Gunners agree deal to sign Lucas Perez”, adding: “Arsene Wenger has finally got his hands on a striker after reportedly agreeing a £17m deal to sign the Spaniard from Deportivo.”
The Telegraph says “Arsenal have reportedly gazumped Everton in the race for his signature”. The Mail says “Arsenal beat Everton to signing Lucas Perez after agreeing £16.9m fee”.
The Express says “Arsenal to announce £17m La Liga striker signing tomorrow”.
Or as the Metro and Sun put it: “Lucas Perez move could be off because Arsene Wenger wants to pay release clause in two instalments.” Says the Sun: “Deportivo striker is on the brink of Emirates move but stingy Gunners boss is arguing over fee.”
Such are the facts.