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Report: Arsenal to make improved £11.5m bid for exciting 21-year-old

Arsenal will reportedly make an improved offer for FC Lorient starlet Alexis Claude-Maurice.

The Gunners initially bid €7 million (£6.2 million) for the winger but their approach was rebuffed.

GFFN are now reporting the north London side are preparing to test Lorient’s resolve with a bid worth €13 million (£11.5 million).

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That would be slightly more than what West Ham United have reportedly offered for the young Frenchman (£10 million according to Sky Sports), who scored 14 goals in 2018/19.

The £11.5 million offer could come up short though, with GFFN adding Lorient are wanting around €20 million (£17.7 million) including add-ons.

Unai Emery is seemingly quite keen to bolster his attack, with Danny Welbeck leaving for free and Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi having underwhelmed last season.

TBR’s view

It is unsurprising to see Arsenal reluctant to increase their offer by too much.

Emery is having to be smart this summer as he supposedly has a small budget to work with.

Claude-Maurice is a talented and versatile young player with high potential and it’s understandable Lorient are trying to hold out for as much as possible.

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But Arsenal arguably shouldn’t be going near the club’s steep asking price of £17.7 million.

Claude-Maurice has promise but he has been playing in Ligue 2 and that would be a lot of money to pay.

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