According to Get French Football News, Arsenal have had a bid for forward Alexis Claude Maurice rebuffed.
The Gunners have reportedly gone back to Lorient, from whom we bought Matteo Guendouzi last year, to snaffle more young talent as we begin our summer rebuilding.
Amid interest from Rennes and other French outfits, our first bid was rejected but an increased offer is expected as the club look to secure the services of the 20 year old who scored 14 times as Lorient finished 6th in Ligue 2 last season.
Speculation grew this week when Guendouzi and Claude Maurice were spotted together in London and pictures spread on social media (this is 2019 folks, that’s how it works now!).
He also fits into the target demographic of this summer, with young upcoming talent that won’t break the bank the driver to this window’s business.
All 14 league goals scored by Lorient FW Alexis Claude-Maurice in 2018/2019 pic.twitter.com/DepPAns7O5
— Billy M (@Wideoverload) May 25, 2019
Arsenal already have young Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli arriving this summer, Reiss Nelson coming back from loan at Hoffenheim looking to fight for a first team place, and another quick attacking midfielder/forward would radically alter the make-up of the squad and perhaps indicate that we’re moving in a particular direction this summer.
There does seem to be a bit of smoke around this one, although we’re not sure quite how much fire, so a middling 5 on the Poo-O-Meter will work.