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Transfer rumor roundup: World record for Maguire, Perez makes London Switch

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No one has spent as much money on a center back as Jurgen Klopp did to bring Virgil Van Dijk to Liverpool.

Jose Mourinho at Manchester United may have to do just that, and all the better if he unsettles his Premier League opening day opponent in the process.

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A Sky Sports report adds fuel to the fire of a Harry Maguire move to Old Trafford, and says United executive Ed Woodward knows he’ll have to spend more than the near $100 million it cost to get VVD away from Southampton.

Maguire’s stock has been raised dramatically since his terrific season at Hull City earned him a move to Leicester City, which in turn helped him to an England spot and the status as a coveted transfer market target.

Di Marzio scribe Matteo Moretto says West Ham United would like to bolster its strike options by asking a player to move just across London.

Lucas Perez arrived at Arsenal from Deportivo La Coruna in 2016, and has scored seven goals with five assists in 21 matches for the Gunners.

He went back to Deportivo in 2017-18, where he scored nine goals with eight assists on loan.

Deportivo La Coruna fires coach Pepe Mel

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MADRID (AP) — Deportivo La Coruna says Pepe Mel has been fired as coach of the struggling Spanish team.

The club says that Cristobal Parralo has been promoted from coaching its reserve team and will manage its first team until the end of the season.

Deportivo lost 2-1 to recently promoted Girona at home on Monday.

The team is in 16th place, two spots and two points above the relegation zone. It has won just two of nine games this season.

Mel has coached several Spanish sides, most recently Real Betis, and had a brief stint at English Premier League club West Bromwich Albion in 2014.

VIDEO: Lucas Perez, kids arrive to rousing Spanish reception

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“Luuuu-cas! Luuuu-cas! Luuuu-cas!”

A lot of dads have “always cool” status from their sons until a certain age, but Lucas Perez is probably going to keep his a lot longer than most.

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The short-term Arsenal striker is heading back to Deportivo de la Coruna on loan, and man, oh man, do the fans love this guy.

Orlando City SC’s Dom Dwyer got a similar treatment when he was traded to back to the Lions, but didn’t have the benefit of kids young enough to see how much he matters to those fans.

Torres needs ambulance after head injury, Griezmann scores stunner (video)

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Fernando Torres was stretchered into an ambulance after suffering a head injury in Thursday’s La Liga match between Atletico Madrid and Deportivo de la Coruna.

The Atleti striker knocked heads during a 50-50 challenge in the 86th minute and appeared to be in trouble even before his head slammed off the turf.

His teammates were shaken, though some quickly leapt into action and grabbed the player’s tongue. Torres was led off the field after some delay.

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The 32-year-old striker has seven goals and three assists across all competitions for Atleti.

A 65th minute sub, Torres saw Antoine Griezmann grab an equalizer for Atleti and it was quite a goal. Griezmann gives and receives the ball thrice before lashing a long left-footer into the Deportivo goal.

The side climbs above Real Sociedad into fourth place with the draw.

Arsenal reportedly set for $69 million double Friday buy

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Arsene Wenger‘s much-maligned transfer business is about to take the “much” off the verb.

Lucas Perez of Deportiva de la Coruna is reportedly going to be joining Arsenal on Friday, and the Gunners are also close to finally landing Valencia center back Shkodran Mustafi.

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Perez, 27, broke out for a career-best 17 goals last season, and scored on debut last weekend. He’s set to cost $22.5 million, while Mustafi makes up the other $46.5 million.

The 12-times capped German center back stands 6-foot, and would bring stability to a Gunners unit which has (again) been beset by injuries.

From the BBC:

Spaniard Lucas, 27, scored 17 goals in 37 games last season and Arsenal will meet a 20m euro (£17.1m) buyout clause.

Germany international Mustafi, 24, is set to join for a fee in excess of £35m.

Is this, coupled with the Granit Xhaka buy, enough to help Wenger right the ship? Mustafi, especially, would be a key piece. Perez is a bit of a lesser-known quality.