Arsenal are hoping Matteo Guendouzi can assist them safe a discount deal for his previous Lorient teammate Alexis Claude-Maurice this summer time, in accordance to reviews.
Unai Emery is trying to bolster his attacking choices through the low season, with Danny Welbeck leaving the membership when his contract expires and gamers corresponding to Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil up on the market.
Nonetheless, the Gunners could have to function beneath a strict switch finances, notably in the event that they fail to qualify for the Champions League, and solely have round £40million to spend.
The 2 French children performed collectively whereas Guendouzi was nonetheless at Lorient, with the 20-year-old midfielder rapidly incomes a spot within the first-team squad regardless of his tender years.
There are a bunch of golf equipment thinking about Claude-Maurice, corresponding to Monaco, Lille, Frankfurt and Norwich, and Arsenal hope Guendouzi’s distinguished function this season can sway his previous pal and present there’s a pathway to the Gunners’ first workforce for the striker.
Claude-Maurice scored 14 instances in Ligue 2 this season, the sixth highest return within the division..
Arsenal have already got a very good relationship with Lorient, having beforehand signed Laurent Koscielny from the aspect again in 2010.
As well as to a younger, backup attacker, Emery needs to usher in a brand new centre-back – with Shkodran Mustafi possible to depart – new full-backs and a brand new box-to-box midfielder to exchange Aaron Ramsey, who joins Juventus on a free switch.