The Mirror has reported that Premier League side Arsenal have joined the chase for Lorient’s French youngster Alexis Claude-Maurice, who is on the radar of newly promoted Norwich City.

It was reported here on The72 earlier this week that Norwich City hold interest in 20-year-old playmaker Alexis Claude-Maurice, who currently plays for French Ligue 2 side Lorient.

Now, Premier League side Arsenal are the latest side to be credited with interest in Claude-Maurice. Lorient reportedly values the French youth international at €10 million, but they could look to start an auction for the attacker with a number of clubs across Europe said keen on the starlet.

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French Ligue 1 duo AS Monaco and Lille OSC are keen on recruiting Claude-Maurice ahead of the 2019/20 season, along with German side Eintracht Frankfurt and La Liga outfit Real Sociedad.

Upon Lorient’s relegation to the second tier of French football, Alexis Claude-Maurice broke into the club’s first-team plans after making his way through the club’s academy ranks. In his first full season with the senior team, the youngster scored six goals and provided four assists in 23 games across all competitions.

Claude-Maurice has only gone on to cement his place in the club’s starting eleven this season, playing 31 league games and notching 14 goals and three assists along the way. The 20-year-old has also featured for France at three different youth levels, representing the country’s Under-18s, Under-19s and Under-20s, playing 21 games in total.

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Norwich’s promotion to the top flight will have only boosted their chances of signing Claude-Maurice this summer, with the pulling power of Premier League football and finances on their side.


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