By Sir Hardly Anyone
You can always tell when the national press think they are on to a true story rather than the meandering gibberish they feed us most days, in that they get one of their own people to write it up, with none of this “according to the Daily Star, reporting that Y Cawr is claiming that…” stuff that fills up a few centimetres of text.
So the Telegraph broke the story with
Shkodran Mustafi deal given green light by Valencia and latest on Lucas Perez
and of course
Arsenal’s confused approach to summer transfer window laid bare by Lucas Pérez Martinez off-on interest
which was there to hide their own confusion having just run the news that Ronald Koeman was in for the forward.
The Guardian has
Arsenal agree £35m fee with Valencia for Shkodran Mustafi
telling us that “Perez, who has been compared to Leicester forward Jamie Vardy…”
The Daily Mail has
Arsenal in late £50m summer splurge after agreeing deals for Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez
and the Independent has
- Coleman criticises Wenger for Ramsey risk
- Wenger admits he is ‘scared’ of retirement
- Man Utd block Arsenal move for Jones as West Ham close in on striker
and of course under their listing of AFC Bournemouth, as they have been running all season…”Could this be Britain’s most expensive airport link?…”
And so we are off.
On Mustafi the Guardian says the “Germany defender expected to travel to London on Friday for medical” and below that “Purchase of Lucas Pérez will take club’s spending close to £100m mark.”
Meanwhile everyone who tries to make things more correct on blogs says, “Bugger, there’s another of those wretched acute accents over the ‘e’.”
The essence of the deals is in the Guardian’s words…
“Arsenal have agreed to pay £35m to sign Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi, with the purchase of the Germany defender and Deportivo la Coruña striker Lucas Pérez set to take the north London club’s spending in the summer transfer window close to the £100m mark.”
Not enough for the little aaa I’ll be bound, but rather interesting for most of us on planet Arsenal. And tucked away in this there is the news that vis a vis Lucas Pérez “Arsenal have gazumped Everton in the “race” for his signature.” (It is always a race. Never a gallop, never a canter). Even with Mr Wenger who is notorious for meandering it is still a race. However it gives the aaa the chance to run their favourite type of headline: “Arsenal buy Everton reject.”
Actually although Lucas Pérez was allegedly
at Everton as a teen before going to Sampdoria in 2012, this sort of thing happens. A player is young, there isn’t a gap for him, and the club sells him on. If the club gets a reputation for holding back young players’ careers then youngsters start avoiding the club.
Meanwhile of course during all this we had the usual fiasco with papers running the story that Ali Bulut, reported as LP’s agent said that the player had done a deal with Arsenal, and Valencia saying not only was he not for sale, but also that Bulut was not his agent.
So let us have a gander at the apparent new boys. Lucas Pérez… His career seriously began with PAOK in 2013/14 when he played 32 league games scoring nine times. Then with Deportivo he scored six in 21 league games in 2014/15, before 17 in 36 in 2015/16 so his ratio is on the up. He got the winning goal in a game last Friday.
And in passing we ought to ensure that we don’t get confused with
- Ayoze Pérez Gutiérrez (born 29 July 1993), simply known as Ayoze, plays for Newcastle. Not that one.
Lucas, as I believe he is known, to avoid confusion, began his career at Atlético Madrid, can play centre forward or on the wing, which I guess explains Campbell’s move out on loan, given the return of the prodigal Gnabry and the keeping of Giroud.
And here’s another snip from the Telegraph who seem to have a very similar line to the Guardian: