It is being reported that Arsenal has tabled an official bid for 20-year-old Alexis Claude-Maurice, who currently plies his trade with Ligue 2 side FC Lorient.
There is a very good reason to believe that the reports are true because the man who first broke the news that Matteo Guendouzi would sign for Arsenal is now the person claiming that we have gone back to FC Lorient for another one of their top youngsters.
Mohamed Toubache-TER proved his credentials when he broke the Guendouzi story and has now revealed that Arsenal tabled a bid for €7 Million, which was subsequently rejected.
But the good news is that he is also claiming that we will be going back in with an improved offer.
Another positive is that Claude-Maurice is reportedly desperate to sign for us, he has been attracting suitors from all over Europe but has his heart is set on joining Guendouzi at Arsenal this summer.
In Fact, Claude-Maurice was in London this week visiting Guendouzi and the signs are clearly there that all that is required to make this deal happen is for the clubs to agree on a reasonable fee.
While the youngster is not one of the top-class players we desperately need he is clearly highly talented based on reports and hopefully will progress under Unai Emery as his friend has.
But I am slightly concerned that in buying these young French players we are ignoring our own exciting academy players.