Transfer: Arsenal sign Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna for £17m

Arsenal Football Club has confirmed the signing of Spanish forward Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna in a fee believed to be in the region of £17m.

The 27-year-old enjoyed a prolific season in La Liga in 2015/16 where he scored 19 goals in all competitions, including 17 in the league. This included a spell when he scored seven goals in seven successive games, matching the record of former Brazilian striker Bebeto. He also scored in the opening game of this La Liga campaign, against Eibar.

Lucas began his career in Spain with Atletico Madrid C and then Rayo Vallecano. Spells with Karpaty Lviv in Ukraine and PAOK in Greece followed, before he returned to his home region of Galicia with Deportivo La Coruna in 2014.

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger said, “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.”

Perez becomes Arsenal’s third signing in the transfer window, joining Granite Xhaka and Rob Holding at the Emirates.

 

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