Arsenal backed to complete signing of £10 million in coming days

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Jeremie Aliadiere believes another raid on Lorient could deliver rich rewards for the Gunners, with a 21-year-old forward said to be on their radar
Arsenal have been urged to take a “gamble” on Lorient forward Alexis Claude-Maurice, with Jeremie Aliadiere considering the 21-year-old to be a potential £10 million ($13m) bargain for the Gunners.

Those in north London have enjoyed success in the past when treading a familiar transfer path.

Back in 2010, Laurent Koscielny was acquired from Lorient and has gone on to take in over 350 appearances and become club captain.

Matteo Guendouzi then made a similar move during the summer of 2018, with the 20-year-old midfielder settling quickly in north London to earn plenty of plaudits.

It could be that Arsenal return to a favoured French market for another promising talent in the current window, with the Gunners one of several clubs being linked with Claude-Maurice.

Aliadiere told football.london of the highly-rated frontman, who netted 14 times in Ligue 2 last season: “For the money that we talk about I think he’ll make it. 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.”

Aliadiere, who started his professional career with Arsenal and ended it with Lorient, believes Claude-Maurice boasts all of the qualities required to be a success in the Premier League.

He added: “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.

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