Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been eyeing up a striker from Ligue 1 this summer to bolster his attacking options ahead of the new season.
However, it isn’t Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette or Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe this time.
According to Foot Mercato, the Gunners are weighing up a bid for FC Girondins Bordeaux striker Gaetan Laborde. The 23-year-old scored 13 goals and made five assists last season and hit his best form in 2017. Laborde was linked with Liverpool but nothing transpired from the speculation.
He wouldn’t break the bank for Arsenal but his goal record suggests he could be a gamble by Wenger. Reports have claimed the Londoners were “seduced by his profile,” but a tried and tested centre-forward might be a better option as Laborde may not be any better than Arsenal’s existing strikers.
Arsenal are keen on two bigger name centre-forwards from Ligue 1, but the likes of Lacazette and Mbappe would set the Gunners back around £130m this summer. Laborde would cost a tenth of that price.