The new 2016/17 Premier League is upon us, with all the 20 Premier clubs set to be in action over the weekend.
Arsenal have reportedly suffered a huge blow in the pursuit of Leicester City and Algerian international Riyad Mahrez as the Premier League champions refuse to accept bids for their star so late in the transfer window.
The Emirates outfits have showing keen interest in the Algerian winger with stupendous speculations linking the Gunners with the winger all summer but until only recently, no formal bid had been made for the reigning PFA Player of the Year.
However, there are reports according to the Guardian; claiming the Gunners have now made a sensational move for the winger by offering the Foxes a £35 million bid for midfielder.
The report went on claiming that the Foxes rejected the Gunners advances out of hand, saying that whether they wanted to sell or not, it is believed that the Gunners bid was rejected as the bid is too close to the new Premier League campaign and they would not have time to get a replacement for the attacking midfielder.
Also, the King Power outfits director of football, Jon Rudkin, is belived to have recently met with the Algerian’s agent to emphasize this very point.
The update from the director of football of the club goes on to claim that the Algerian has turned down the contract extensions from the club, which would see him, earn close to £75,000 per week, in favour of seeking a move to the Emirates stadium and potential improved offers and opportunities elsewhere.
However, it’s believed that the Algerian has accepted that he will not be allowed to leave the club before the next window in January.
Leicester have previously indicated that they will not entertain offers for Mahrez, valued at less than £50 million and with Arsenal’s recent bid falling far short of this mark, it would seem that the Algerian is likely to remain at the King Power stadium.