The 21-year-old forward emerged on the Gunners’ transfer radar after scoring 14 goals in 35 appearances for Ligue 2 outfit Lorient last term.
According to Soccer Link, Claude-Maurice is eager to move to the Emirates Stadium and has agreed personal terms.
He is waiting for the two clubs to agree a transfer fee but a resolution is reportedly close.
The France Under-21 international is currently on holiday in Majorca but could reportedly travel to London in the coming days to complete the transfer.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery is eager to strengthen his wide options ahead of the new Premier League season.
Despite his lack of top-level experience, Claude-Maurice would be expected to make an impression at first-team level from the off similar to Matteo Guendouzi.
Arsenal signed Guendouzi from Lorient for around £7m last summer and he made 48 appearances in his debut campaign.
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Former Gunners forward Jeremie Aliadiere believes it’s worth the club rolling the dice on Claude-Maurice.
“For the money that we talk about I think he’ll make it,” Aliadiere told Football.London. “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 briefly played alongside Claude-Maurice towards the end of his career as the youngster was breaking through.
And the ex-Arsenal striker was instantly mesmerised by his talents.
“I remember incredible quick feet, a technical player,” he said.
“Technically he was amazing. The only thing – he was young at the time – was making the right decision, passing when you need to pas. 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.
“He was very light, skinny, I wondered if it would take a bit of adaptation time if he came to the UK. But don’t get me wrong he has great potential.
“You don’t have to be massive, big and strong to play in the Premier League but you’ve got to be able to take a challenge and a tackle.”