Arsenal are edging closer to a deal for Lorient winger Alexis Claude-Maurice, according to Get France Football News.
The Gunners have already had two bids for the 21-year-old turned down but are willing to pay the €20 million asking price.
It is said that personal terms with the player have already been agreed.
Claude-Maurice scored 14 goals and made four assists in 35 appearances in Ligue 2 last season and would represent a cheaper and younger alternative to the likes of Yannick Carrasco and Ryan Fraser.
Alexis Claude Maurice has agreed personal terms with Arsenal – a deal does feel imminent, but not done. https://t.co/luvH3GI21b
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) June 15, 2019
Ex-Gunner Jeremie Aliadiere has backed the player to succeed at Arsenal having come across him during his second spell at Lorient.
“I remember incredible quick feet, a technical player,” Aliadiere told Football.London.
“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.”
This time last year we signed Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient and that worked out pretty well. A similar impact from Claude-Maurice would be most welcome. Let’s see what happens.