Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho decided against signing new Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette because of doubts about the striker’s ability to compete at the top level.
Lacazette, 26, joined Arsenal on a record £52million move from Lyon last week to become the Gunners’ biggest signing of all-time.
The Frenchman scored an impressive 129 goals in 275 matches for Lyon and had been linked with a move to Old Trafford.
However, despite scouting the France international on a regular basis, Mourinho opted against a move for Lacazette because he doubted his ability to influence the big matches, according to the Guardian.
Romelu Lukaku completed a £75m move to Old Trafford on Monday and Mourinho is said to have backed the Belgian over Lacazette because he has greater physicality and is already proven in the Premier League.
Lacazette signed in time to be included in Arsenal’s tour squad for their flight to Australia and the Gunners touched down in Sydney today.
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Lukaku was on holiday in Los Angeles when he agreed to join the Red Devils and completed his medical there before joining up with his new team-mates yesterday.
Mourinho, though, has confirmed the Belgian will not take part in United’s first friendly against LA Galaxy.