Former Arsenal midfielder Adrian Clarke has suggested that Arsenal have done better business by signing Alexandre Lacazette than Manchester United, who are believed to be on the verge of clinching Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.
On Thursday, BBC Sport reported that United have agreed a £75m fee with Everton for the Belgian forward, who had been heavily linked with a return to former club Chelsea.
The leak is likely to have come from United sources because shortly after the news was widely reported, Sky Sports News claimed that senior Everton sources had informed them that a deal had not been agreed.
Despite that, it seems as though a transfer is on the cards, with The Guardian reporting that Lukaku has had a medical and will join up with his new teammates for their pre-season tour in the United States on Sunday.
If everything runs smoothly, the Belgian will join Jose Mourinho’s side, bringing with him a 25-goal haul from last season.
Down in North London, Arsenal made the biggest signing of the summer so far earlier this week when they recruited Lacazette from Lyon for a reported club-record £52m.
Clarke believes that the Frenchman is a much better option than Lukaku, who he believes does not fit into United’s current style of play.
He told talkSPORT:
“He is proven in the Premier League, I think it’s horses for courses. At Arsenal, I would rather have Lacazette because he’s a more sprightly player. He’s nippy, in-behind. With Romelu Lukaku, I don’t think his hold-up play is particularly good. I think he suits a counter-attacking side Romelu Lukaku.
“I think with Arsenal who are a possession-based team, Manchester United have been a possession-based team. You wonder if Jose Mourinho is going to change their style and make them more of a counter-attacking unit at Chelsea.When I think of Lukaku, I think of him charging down the channels to be really destructive. He’s fabulous when that happens but in general play, I don’t know.”
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