Listening Emery? Exciting striker Claude-Maurice makes summer decision with Arsenal keen on deal
Lorient forward target Alexis Claude-Maurice has told Arsenal he wants to move to Borussia Monchengladbach this summer.
Unai Emery is expected to do some transfer business over the course of the next few months, despite having a measly £45 million to spend on new players, if you believe the reports.
And despite having the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in the line-up, Emery is said to be keen on the 21-year-old, who scored 14 goals in Ligue 2 during 2018/19, though West Ham and Everton are also reportedly interested.
Emery will be spending another season in the Europa League and after seeing Danny Welbeck leave the club on a free deal, he believes he needs to have another versatile forward in the squad.
And there are unconfirmed reports which have claimed Arsenal made a £14m bid for Claude-Maurice on Saturday, with the French under 20 international attracting interest from a number of clubs around Europe.
A source close to Claude-Maurice says Borussia Monchengladbach, RB Leipzig, Lyon, Lille, Monaco, Marseille, Sevilla, Brighton, Newcastle United, and West Ham all want him this summer.
However, it seems that he is no longer interested in a move to London after revealing he prefers a move to the Bundesliga.
The 21-year-old told L’Equipe: “Now I feel like it’s time to leave, to join a club that is playing at a higher level.
“I want to join Monchengladbach. It is a club that relies on young people, there is a good structure, the team will play in the Europa League. This project pleases me and suits me.”
If the reports are true and Arsenal will have not a lot of money to spend in the coming months, then Emery needs to spend his money wisely and improve on the back-line.
His attack is world class and he already has some talent at the club, so Emery does not need Claude-Maurice right now.
Emery needs world class defenders and not attackers, so the news Claude-Maurice wants to move to the Bundeslia may come as a blessing in disguise.