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.
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.
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 No 9 jersey.
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.