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Report: Arsenal eyeing £9 million move for Ligue 1 starlet

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Report: Arsenal eyeing £9 million move for Ligue 1 starlet

Arsenal are reportedly eyeing a move for Lorient striker Alexis Claude-Maurice.

The Mirror have claimed the Gunners have been keeping tabs on the French U20 international, who has shone in Ligue 2 this term.

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He may currently be playing in the second tier, but Claude-Maurice is supposedly one of the most promising youngsters in French football.

Apparently Premier League new boys Norwich City were keen to do a £9 million deal for the forward, but could now face difficulty facilitating the transfer.

TBR’s view

Arsenal only bought from Lorient last summer when they picked up Matteo Guendouzi for £7 million (Goal).

 

The midfielder has enjoyed an impressive debut campaign for the Gunners, making 47 appearances for the club.

He will be hoping to make that 48 with the Europa League final in Baku looming.

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Guendouzi’s success might give them the edge over Claude-Maurice.

Arsenal don’t have much money to spend this summer and are trying to buy smart, and Claude-Maurice could well be ideal backup for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

The Sun previously reported Unai Emery has a base budget of just £40 million to spend on transfers, although that would increase with player sales and if the north Londoners can beat Chelsea in Baku to secure Champions League football.

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