Wenger confirms £52m double deal

27 Aug

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger had been criticised by fans for a lack of transfer business this summer

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal have signed Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi and Spanish striker Lucas Perez.

The pair are set to cost Arsenal around £52m – taking the club’s summer spending to almost £100m – and Wenger says he expects no more transfers before Wednesday’s deadline.

“We have bought two players, Mustafi and Perez. We had to work very hard to get signings done,” he said.

“We have no plans for anyone else now.”

Former Everton centre-back Mustafi, 24, is set to sign a five-year contract from Valencia, for a fee in excess of £35m.

Arsenal had already agreed to meet a 20m euro (£17.1m) clause to sign Deportivo La Coruna forward Perez, 27, who scored 17 goals in 37 games last season.

They have already added midfielders Granit Xhaka and Kelechi Nwakali, defender Rob Holding and forward Takuma Asano, 21, to their squad.

Everton were closing in on Perez before Arsenal declared their interest.

Japanese striker Asano, who joined from Sanfrecce Hiroshima in July, will join Bundesliga side Stuttgart on a season-long loan.

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