English Premier League (EPL) club Arsenal had a transfer bid of $39 million rejected by Leicester City for their Algerian winger, Riyad Mahrez. The Gunners coach, Arsene Wenger won’t stop his pursuit of the player however and is expected to return with an improved bid.
Gilles Favard of French newspaper L’Equipe confirmed the news on his Twitter account. The 25-year-old Mahrez is reportedly all set to leave his current club and has told his close ones that he wants to play for Arsenal. However, the man from Sarcelles, France won’t force his move away from the club.
Leicester City coach, Claudio Ranieri recently revealed that Mahrez would be staying at the club, at least for this summer with midfielder N’Golo Kante leaving for Chelsea. The Italian stressed that Kante’s transfer was related to a release clause in his contract. However, the Algerian doesn’t have one and the club is in no liability to release him.
“Kante had a clause and Chelsea paid it, but Riyad does not have the clause and he will stay with us.” Ranieri said, as reported by Sky Sports.
Mahrez along with Kante and striker Jamie Vardy were the three sensational players of Leicester last season, contributing to their maiden Premier League victory. Losing Mahrez in the same transfer window to that of Kante will be a major blow to Ranieri and his men and the Foxes hierarchy would do their best to avoid that.
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Mahrez made a total of 37 appearances for the Foxes last season in which he scored a total of 17 goals. He created an impressive 67 chances for his team with an average pass accuracy of 74%. The Algeria international also had a shot accuracy of 64%, as reported by Squawka.com.
Arsenal will have to pay Leicester an extraordinary transfer fee if they want to prize Mahrez away from the Kings Power Stadium. However, Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have shown not to make huge splash of cash in the transfer window previously and it will be interesting to see their take on this one.
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