first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 19 May 2019 9:55 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Advertisement The young midfielder took the same path from Lorient to north London (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are hoping Matteo Guendouzi can help them secure a bargain deal for his old Lorient teammate Alexis Claude-Maurice this summer, according to reports.Unai Emery is looking to bolster his attacking options during the off-season, with Danny Welbeck leaving the club when his contract expires and players such as Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil up for sale.However, the Gunners will have to operate under a strict transfer budget, particularly if they fail to qualify for the Champions League, and only have around £40million to spend. Comment Only five players scored more Ligue 2 goals than Claude-Maurice this season (Getty)That has led them to consider Claude-Maurice as a cut-price £9m option, and now the Mirror report that Arsenal want Guendouzi to help them seal the deal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe two French youngsters played together while Guendouzi was still at Lorient, with the 20-year-old midfielder quickly earning a place in the first-team squad despite his tender years.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThere are a host of clubs interested in Claude-Maurice, such as Monaco, Lille, Frankfurt and Norwich, and Arsenal hope Guendouzi’s prominent role this season can sway his old pal and show there is a pathway to the Gunners’ first team for the striker.Claude-Maurice scored 14 times in Ligue 2 this season, the sixth highest return in the division.center_img Arsenal hope Matteo Guendouzi can convince Alexis Claude-Maurice to join Gunners Emery wants a host of new signings but is hamstrung by a tiny budget (Picture: Getty)Arsenal already have a good relationship with Lorient, having previously signed Laurent Koscielny from the side back in 2010.In addition to a young, backup attacker, Emery wants to bring in a new centre-back – with Shkodran Mustafi likely to leave – new full-backs and a new box-to-box midfielder to replace Aaron Ramsey, who joins Juventus on a free transfer.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img

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