Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez have both passed medicals ahead of their moves to Arsenal, with the deals set to be announced next week.
The Gunners moved on Thursday to trigger a £17 million release clause for Deportivo La Coruna striker Perez, while British media then reported that evening that the club had also agreed a £35m fee for Valencia defender Mustafi.
Speaking after Arsenal secured their first Premier League win of the season with a 3-1 victory...
Draw specialists Deportivo La Coruna claimed a deserved point in a goalless and uninspiring match away to Real Betis.
The Galicians drew 18 of their LaLiga matches last term and now have four points from their opening two games of the new campaign, though they lacked an attacking focus without Arsenal-bound forward Lucas Perez.
For the hosts, veteran winger Joaquin Sanchez was the most influential player on the pitch but could not lift his team-mates to victory.
LONDON -- Arsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal are closing in on signing striker Lucas Perez and centre-back Shkodran Mustafi but says the deals are yet to be completed.
"We are working on the deals," Wenger said on Friday at a news conference. "We are not close enough to announce to you today that they will sign for us. Will we sign anybody before the end of the transfer window? I'm 99 percent confident [we will]."
Arsenal are close to signing both striker Lucas Perez and centre-back Shkodran Mustafi in deals that British media reported will total more than £50 million.
The Guardian and Telegraph reported on Thursday that the Gunners have finally reached an agreement with Valencia to pay £35 million for Mustafi after drawn-out talks over the Germany defender, while a source told ESPN FC that the club was in advanced talks over Perez, the Deportivo La Coruna forward, in a £17 million deal.