Arsenal Prepare Third Bid for Lorient Star Alexis Claude-Maurice After Agreeing Terms


​Arsenal are preparing a third bid to sign Lorient forward Alexis Claude-Maurice after agreeing ‘provisional terms’. 

 

Reports from France claim that upwards of ten other clubs have Claude-Maurice on their radar this summer but the 21-year-old Frenchman prefers a move to the London, as the Gunners look to sign a versatile player to replace the departed Danny Welbeck.

The French Under-21 international has enjoyed an impressive season in Ligue 1 where he has managed to net 14 goals in 35 starts for Lorient.

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Despite interest from clubs such as Borussia Monchengladbach, RB Leipzig, and Lyon the youngster is reportedly keen to reunite with old teammate Mattéo Guendouzi in the English capital.

According to ​Get French Football, Claude-Maurice is tempted by the move to ​Arsenal and has already agreed ‘provisional terms’, but the Gunners would need to up their offer to €20m (£17m). A third bid is now expected ‘imminently’ after two were already rejected by Lorient.

Reports from ​Sky Sports claim that Arsenal had a bid of £14m rejected on Saturday and that they now need to increase this amount should they want to land their man. Sky also name-check Premier League rivals Newcastle, West Ham and Brighton as holding an interest in the player.

Speaking to ​football.london former Arsenal and Lorient Striker Jeremie Aliadiere cast his opinion on the possible transfer, calling the youngster ‘technically amazing’.

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Alliadiere is quoted as saying: “For the money that we talk about I think he’ll make it. It’s about taking a gamble now when other teams aren’t prepared to. ‘The market has gone so crazy in the last few years. If you want a top-level international it’s nothing cheaper than £40m.”

“He’s a good player and has really good qualities. ‘I remember incredible quick feet, a technical player. Technically he was amazing. The only thing – he was young at the time – was making the right decision, passing when you need to pass.”

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Arsenal’s failure to secure ​Champions League football means that Unai Emery finds himself financially limited this transfer window, with reports of a transfer budget of just £40m. 

The Gunners will need to spend wisely on players in order to move back into the coveted top four, while also ensuring that they keep hold of star strikers ​Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and ​Alexandre Lacazette.





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