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10 July 2017

Manchester United snubbed Alexandre Lacazette in favour of Romelu Lukaku after damning scouting report

MANCHESTER UNITED snubbed Alexandre Lacazette in favour of Romelu Lukaku after a damning scouting report.

Jose Mourinho was keeping tabs on the Lyon striker for some time before his club-record switch to Arsenal.

United's scouting report claimed Lacazette could not physically impose himself - especially in big games
United’s scouting report claimed Lacazette could not physically impose himself – especially in big games
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Scouts also suggested too many of Lacazette's strikes came from the spot
Scouts also suggested too many of Lacazette’s strikes came from the spot
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But the United chief pursued £75million Lukaku instead after huge doubts were raised about Lacazette.

The Express quote a United source as saying: “Lacazette was followed because he was top scorer in French football.

“But a lot of his goals (10 of 27) were penalties.

“In the end he wasn’t considered because he has no stamina, no physical impact and isn’t a big game player.”

Lacazette set the Gunners back £52m as Arsene Wenger looked to his homeland to find a 20-goal striker.

And the Frenchman will hope Mourinho’s scouts got it wrong as the concerns raised are the exact issues he is looking to fix.

Jose Mourinho kept a close eye of Lacazette's form
Jose Mourinho kept a close eye of Lacazette’s form
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United turned their attention to Romelu Lukaku instead
United turned their attention to Romelu Lukaku instead
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Lukaku completed a dream move to United yesterday – revealing their Europa League win paved the way for his switch.

Mourinho stole the towering Belgian from under Chelsea’s noses in a huge coup for the Old Trafford club.

He will replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic up top and claimed he asked the Swede’s permission to take the famous No9 jersey.

Romelu Lukaku alongside Paul Pogba in Manchester United training
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Alexandre Lacazette signed a deal that will pay him £150,000-a-week in wages
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New signing Alexandre Lacazette tries on his new Arsenal kit

The two will be pitted against each other next season, with Lukaku boasting the most Premier League goalscoring pedigree.

Whether French ace Lacazette will bring the Gunners some much-needed firepower remains to be seen.


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