It’s now two weeks until the start of the new Premier League season, time is now against Arsenal and if they plan on sealing a deal for Riyad Mahrez, a formal approach will need to be tabled within the coming days.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given update that he is chasing the signature of Leicester City’s winger by attending the Foxes friendly match with PSG on Saturday night.
The Algerian last campaign’s PFA Player of the Year, has been linked with a possible move to the Emirates stadium for some weeks now and trending speculations have suggested that the playmaker could join the Gunners before the end of the summer.
While the Gunners and it’s boss have remained silent on the Algerian speculation, little has been done to prove false talk either. According to Metro, the 66-year-old French boss attendance at the Foxes 4-0 defeat to the Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germian in Los Angeles has prompted further speculation about his interest in the Algerian.
The tactician Gunners boss has been looking at all avenues for new bloods in his pursuit to strengthen his attacking option ahead of the upcoming season as with Danny Welbeck not set to return to his full self until 2017, the manager is heavily depending on his compatriot Olivier Giroud to lead the attacking front for Arsenal.
However, Giroud, along with Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey not set to return to the Emirates until after Arsenal’s season opening match against Liverpool on 14th August, the north London club now need to increase the depth of the club attacking option.
Meanwhile, the 25-year-old Algerian had demanded a new £100,000 a week contract with Leicester in order to stay at the King Power stadium.
The report according to Daily Mail claims that talks are ongoing between Mahrez, his representatives, and the Premier League champion’s officials over said new contract.
If Mahrez is unable to come to an agreement with the Foxes, a £35m transfer to Arsenal could certainly await.