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The 2016 PFA Player of the Year, Riyad Mahrez, is holding out for a move out of the King Power Stadium this summer.

And according to reports, he would prefer to move to Arsenal as the Algerian international plans to force through his exit.

However, Roma are the frontrunners in the race to sign the Mahrez, having already had a bid of about £20 million rejected.

Arsenal are yet to approach Leicester with an official offer for Mahrez, despite reported interest in the ace.

While they are still keeping track of Mahrez, who scored in a 1-0 friendly win at Luton last night, it appears Roma are edging closer to his signature.

“Despite interest from a number of Premier League clubs, it is Italian side Roma who are looking likely to sign Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez and are priced at 6/5 to do so,” a BetStars spokesperson said.

“The skilful 26-year-old is after a move away from the King Power Stadium where he was instrumental in securing Leicester’s Premier League title in 2016.

“Arsenal are still to give up the hunt for Mahrez but have seen their odds lengthen to 5/2 since Roma ramped up their interest.

“Tottenham and Chelsea have an outsiders chance of securing the Algerian’s services and are priced at 14/1 and 25/1 respectively.”

Arsene Wenger has made signin Monaco’s Thomas Lemar a priority in his bid to sign a winger.

With Alexis Sanchez potentially leaving this summer, Lemar is the preferred choice to come in ahead of Mahrez.

Leicester‘s £40m valuation has hindered the Gunners from going forward with their interest, along with their Premier League rivals.