Arsenal have announced the signing of Deportivo de La Coruña forward Lucas Pérez, with no official word being made by the club on the details of the deal.
As per various reports last week, the Gunners were prepared to pay the Spaniard’s £17.1 million release clause to capture his services, as they beat Everton to the 27-year-old’s signature.
Lucas joins Arsenal on the back of a goal in Deportivo’s opening clash against Eibar in La Liga, whereas he was on target 17 times last season for the Galician outfit.
Arsenal’s latest recruit also matched Bebeto’s 22-year-old club record for goals in consecutive games, finding the back of the net against the likes of Barcelona and Atlético Madrid throughout his run of seven goals in as many games last season.
Gunners boss Arsène Wenger offered his description of the forward, stating: “He’s not only a goalscorer, he’s a guy who combines well with partners, who can give a final ball and makes good runs. He’s got a good eye for goal and had an outstanding season last year.”
The signing of Lucas is widely-expected to be followed by the capture of Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi, meanwhile the likes of Calum Chambers, Jack Wilshere and Serge Gnabry all reportedly brace themselves for new surroundings.