José Mourinho Said No To Alexandre Lacazette Because He Doesn't Think He's Top Club Material

Let the mind games begin

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José Mourinho scattered his scouts far and wide to locate a new striker this summer following the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, only to find his answer at the tail-end of the M62.

But many top European goal-scorers were considered, including starlets Alvaro Morata and Kylian Mbappe. One prolific striker just didn't match up to Mourinho's standards, however: Arsenal new boy Alexandre Lacazette.

According to the Guardian, Mourinho ordered his scouts to assess the 26-year-old's performances for Lyon last season, but apparently came away with doubts about his stamina and mentality.

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The French international's club record stands at 129 goals in 275 games, but he has so far failed to wrestle a regular starting place for his country from Arsenal teammate Olivier Giroud.

A source from Old Trafford told the Express: "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."

Of course, Mourinho loves nothing more than winding up Arsene Wenger, so we don't know if it's just a mind-game that the Portuguese manager has concocted in his Manchester hotel room.

Either way, the pressure is well and truly on.