Jose Mourinho ruled out Alexandre Lacazette move before signing Romelu Lukaku – report

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho completed the signing of Romelu Lukaku after classing Alexandre Lacazette as not good enough for Manchester United, according to reports.

The club announced on Monday that the Belgian, who claimed 24 Premier League goals last year, had formally completed a move to Man United from Everton.

Lacazette, meanwhile, has joined Arsenal for a club record fee of £50m following eight seasons with Ligue 1 side Lyon.

And according to M.E.N‘s James Robson, Mourinho dismissed Lacazette as a potential addition after receiving a scathing scouting report that emphasised the Frenchman’s lack of speed and physical presence.

Lacazette will be embarking on pastures new next season. The Frenchman has dominated Ligue 1 for some time and excelled in the Europa League; he is a renowned goalscorer, but only within the realms of a comparatively weaker domestic league. It should be pointed out that he has never been able to make his mark for the France national team.

That isn’t to say he cannot succeed under Arsene Wenger, but Mourinho has opted for somebody who has demonstrated time and time again a capacity for running riot in the Premier League, especially – and, with last season in mind, somewhat crucially – against lesser sides United will be expected to swipe to one side next year.

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