Arsenal transfer news: Alexis Claude-Maurice wants move… but there’s a catch | Football | Sport
Striker Claude-Maurice has scored 17 league goals in his 55 appearances for Ligue 2 outfit Lorient.
He has been linked with a move to Arsenal as Unai Emery looks to strengthen his squad.
The boss is under a strict financial budget but Claude-Maurice is still believed to be a target.
But Sky Sports News claim ten other clubs are also interested in the France Under-20 international.
Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Newcastle, West Ham and Brighton are all believed to be keeping an eye on Claude-Maurice.
The report suggests Borussia Monchengladbach, RB Leipzig, Lyon, Lille, Monaco, Marseille and Sevilla also want him this summer.
Former Arsenal forward Jeremie Aliadiere believes Arsenal should risk a move for Claude-Maurice.
“For the money that we talk about I think he’ll make it,” Aliadiere said.
“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.
“If they’ve only got £45m to spend you’ve got to shop differently, go a bit younger and sign players from second divisions. He’s a good player and has really good qualities.
“At a club like Arsenal that gives chances to young players it would be a good step for him.
“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.
“He was dribbling all the time when I was there. But he’s a very sharp, skilful player.
“He didn’t always play the game in the way Lorient like to play the game, pass, movement. He was taking the ball and dribbling past everybody.
“He had qualities and was a really good young player but he had a lot to learn.”