Former Gunners striker Jeremie Aliadiere played alongside the 21-year-old in France at the tail end of his career.
He liked what he saw of the precociously talented star, who bagged 14 goals in 35 Ligue 1 games last season.
And Aliadiere believes Claude-Maurice has the attributes required to be a big hit if he moved to the Premier League.
Arsenal are among a host of clubs monitoring the star, with West Ham and Everton also understood to retain a strong interest.
Lorient have reportedly put a £10m price tag on their man’s head, a fee which Aliadiere reckons could prove a bargain.
“For the money that we talk about I think he’ll make it,” Aliadiere told football.london.
“It’s about taking a gamble now when other teams aren’t prepared to. The market has gone so crazy in the last few years.
“If you want a top level international it’s nothing cheaper than £40m.
“If they’ve only got £45m to spend you’ve got to shop differently, go a bit younger and sign players from second divisions.
“He’s a good player and has really good qualities. At a club like Arsenal that gives chances to young players it would be a good step for him.”
Aliadiere played alongside some legendary Arsenal players such as Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp during the ‘Invincible’ season.
So the fact that he recalls being amazed by some of Claude-Maurice’s talents speaks volumes.
“I remember incredible quick feet, a technical player,” the ex-France U21 striker continued. “Technically he was amazing.
“The only thing – he was young at the time – was making the right decision, passing when you need to pass.
“He was dribbling all the time when I was there. But he’s a very sharp, skillful player.
“He was taking the ball and dribbling past everybody. He had qualities and was a really good young player but he had a lot to learn.”
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