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Ornstein: Lucas Perez is an Arsenal player

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Arsene Wenger trumped Everton’s bid for the Spanish striker.

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According to David Ornstein (who’s having a big day), Arsenal have completed the signing of Deportivo de La Coruña’s striker Lucas Pérez, beating Everton to the punch and bolstering a somewhat beleaguered front line that could use the help.

Ornstein says the deal is “agreed,” with Arsenal meeting the €20 million (£17.1 million) release clause in Pérez’s contract. There’s no mention of personal terms, but here Jack Pitt-Brooke mentions £70,000-a-week as a possible wage, which seems pretty fair. And I don’t think Ornstein would use such emphatic language if he didn’t have good intel that the player will agree a deal of one kind or another.

If both this deal and the other one Ornstein mentioned this afternoon both go through, that would be a very satisfying end to the transfer window for Arsenal, and would put the squad in a pretty good position to compete. Nothing like an impending deadline to get selling clubs to actually sell, eh?