Jose Mourinho turned down the opportunity to sign the £53m striker

Jose Mourinho was interested in bringing Alexandre Lacazette to Old Trafford but opted for Romelu Lukaku instead.

The Manchester United’s scouts monitored Lacazette for some time, but the gaffer decided not to submit an offer as he thinks the former Lyon player doesn’t have required quality to be a top striker in the Premier League. In the end, the Frenchman moved to Arsenal in a £53 million deal, and United bought Romelu Lukaku for £75 million, who has an excellent goal-scoring record in England.

Lacazette does have an admirable record in France as he scored 129 goals in 275 matches for Lyon, but Mourinho didn’t want to gamble on a player who never played outside his native country. The “Special One” even took a dig at Arsene Wenger’s latest signing by saying: “Lacazette was followed because he was top scorer in French football – but a lot of his goals were penalties [10 of his 27 goals last season came from the spot]. “In the end he wasn’t considered because he has no stamina, no physical impact and isn’t a big game player.”

Wenger is surely not delighted with such comments, and he would like to prove Mourinho’s wrong, while the player himself will be eager to Man United’s manager that he made a mistake. After scouting the French international for six months, Mourinho lost interest in him and chose to put Lukaku and Alvaro Morata as top summer transfer targets.


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