Published: Wed, August 31, 2016
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez '99%' certain to join says Arsène Wenger


According to media reports, Wenger is closing in on a 50 million pound ($66.02 million) double deal for Deportivo La Coruna's Perez and Valencia's Mustafi.

Both players completed medicals in London on Friday and are likely to be announced as new signings imminently.

'We are working on the deals,' Wenger said.

"They will integrate into the team now and we will help them join squad. I am 99 per cent confident", he said.

Local newspaper La Voz De Galicia reported Arsenal have agreed to meet the 20 million euros (£17.1million) buy-out clause in Lucas' contract, and that the move was hours away from completion.

Fans of the club have even gone as far as holding up banners at the Emirates Stadium suggesting Arsenal should seek a new manager.

So can Arsenal fans understand why Wenger took so long to sign a striker after the snub from Vardy? "But my job is to make the right decisions for the club".

Having chased the 24-year-old for weeks, Arsene Wenger will be hopeful that a deal can be done before the transfer deadline next week.

Wenger says he was anticipating an "easier" transfer market than ever this summer but admits he had to reassess his targets after missing out on his priorities earlier in the window.

"It looks like when you meet other clubs and you have (a player with) an English passport, you hit these prices which are very hard to understand compared to the quality of the players". With Mustafi set to arrive, Wenger hinted that 21-year-old centre-back Calum Chambers could be allowed to leave the club on loan. They've both had medicals but we need to complete the paperwork. But you will see how many transfers will happen in the next three or four days.

On whether Joel Campbell still has a future at Arsenal, Wenger said: "I believe that he has been a victim of the size of the squad". Matters came to a head during Arsenal's opening day 4-3 home defeat to Liverpool when irate supporters booed the players and called for Wenger to go. After a chastening debut in a 4-3 loss to Liverpool the England under-21 global has performed well alongside Laurent Koscielny in a draw at Leicester and Saturday's 3-1 victory over Watford.

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