Leicester City co-owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has announced that Arsenal’s top-priority target this summer Riyad Mahrez is not for sell. This comes as a major twist!
With rumours mounting over the Algerian’s future, the 59-year-old posted a cheeky Instagram picture with the winger, saying that the PFA Player of the Year isn’t going anywhere.
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Arsenal have been linked with a move for the Algerian forward this summer after his outstanding performances helped fire the Foxes to the Premier League title last season.
Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has already made it clear about his unwillingness to see Mahrez leave, having already had N’Golo Kante depart for rivals, Chelsea.
Last season, Mahrez managed 17 goals and 10 assists in 37 top flight games, and he could be the second Leicester player who the north Londoners have failed to sign if he stays at the King Power stadium – after Jamie Vardy.
Leicester, however, remains keen to tie down Mahrez to a new contract, with the club’s owner ready to offer the 25-year-old £100,000 per week.
Despite Mahrez allegedly saying he wants to go to Arsenal, there is, as yet, no agreement between Leicester and the Gunners.
Ranieri admitted at the weekend Mahrez has been distracted heavily by the rumours linking him with a move to Arsenal.
Meanwhile, Wenger and assistant manager Steve Bould were present at Leicester’s pre-season game against PSG which reignited the speculations over a potential move.
Even Algerian newspaper Le Buteur claimed how Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger met with Mahrez and his agent.
The veteran French manager’s main agenda in that meeting was to anyhow to convince Mahrez to join the Gunners, it’s been claimed.
And the Algerian news outlet also suggests Mahrez agreed on a deal with the north Londoners and is insistent on joining them.
The Foxes would, however, achieve a huge profit on the £400,000 they paid Le Havre for the player but Ranieri is keen to convince the Algerian to stay.
The prospect of an attacking trio of Sanchez and Mahrez either side of Mesut Ozil has to be an alluring one for Arsenal fans. They are three of the Premier League’s best, with a proven history of creativity and goals, and would leave opponents unable to focus on one man.
The Algerian winger is the player who broke through the lines and drew defences out of position. And while there are a number of right-wing options at Arsenal, none can compete with Mahrez.