Two concerns that saw Man Utd turn down Lacazette

Date published: Tuesday 11th July 2017 10:14

Jose Mourinho reportedly turned down the chance to sign Alexandre Lacazette for Manchester United due to two major concerns.

The France forward was finally captured by Arsenal last week for a club-record fee on a five-year contract, earning a reported £200,000 a week at The Emirates.

The move came 12 months after Arsene Wenger attempted to sign the former Lyon man last summer, but the Ligue 1 club decided to sell this time around for an initial fee of £46.5million with add-ons potentially seeing the deal rise to £52million.

United though have done their own striker business since, sealing an initial £75million deal for Everton forward Romelu Lukaku after Mourinho passed up the opportunity to move for Lacazette.

According to The Guardian, Arsenal’s new recruit was “not to the standard required by Jose Mourinho” after the United boss ordered a scouting report on the 26-year-old.

Lacazette was considered by United and Mourinho had his scouts in France run the rule over the France international, who scored scored 129 times in 275 games for Lyon, including 37 in 45 last season.

However, the report claims Mourinho was told there were major concerns over Lacazette’s physical suitability for the Premier League and there were question marks over his big-game mentality.

Lacazette, who has 13 France caps, is expected to be Wenger’s first-choice No.9 this season with doubts over the future of Olivier Giroud, who is wanted by Everton.

The forward is Arsenal’s second signing of the summer following the arrival of Sean Kolasinac on a free transfer from Schalke.

He is expected to feature in Arsenal’s tour of Australia and China.

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