Blow for Arsenal as Riyad Mahrez is close to a new deal at Leicester City
In what can be the biggest transfer of the summer for the Gunners, Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez, is reportedly close to a move to the Emirates.
However, there is no official word on any advancements in the deal in the last 48-hours and reports now suggest that the PFA Player of the Year of the previous year may actually end up staying at Leicester City for another year.
It was reported earlier today that the Premier League Champions are ready to offer the Algerian a vast improvement on his £40,000 per week for which he is currently contracted to the club.
It is revealed that Claudio Ranieri, who is desperate for the winger to stay at the club, is now ready to extend Mahrez’ contract in a deal that will see the winger earn in excess of £100,000 per week.
However, the figures are still to be decided on as both parties are trying to find a common ground according to reports.
The Premier League outfit Arsenal have already made a £40million bid for the 25-year old but it is understood that the Leicester City manager is not worried about losing his star player.
He revealed that the stories linking him to Arsenal are just speculations and that Mahrez is currently happy at the King Power.
‘It is only speculation,’ said Ranieri.
‘Riyad will stay with us. He is very happy. I see him every day and never he talked to me about something strange. I am confident with him,” he said, talking about the Arsenal rumor recently to the media.
‘If he wants to sign a new contract it is OK. For me it is important that this season stays with us,” he added.
This news will come as a big blow for the Gunners who were very close to landing the star just a few days ago.
The Gunners have added just the one big name in Granit Xhaka to their starting XI next season and are more than just desperate for Mahrez to sign for the club.
However, it is now understood that they will have to wait till the Algerian either accepts or rejects the new contract that is tabled in front of him by the Premier League champions.
It will be interesting to see how this story ends, especially with just around 10 days left for the start of the Premier League season.
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