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Arsenal will renew it’s interest in Riyad Mahrez this summer, according to reports
Mahrez has revealed his desire to leave Leicester City this summer, the Algeria international wants to play for a Champions League squad and has told Leicester of his intentions to leave.
Arsenal were immediately linked with the winger after he confirmed his intentions to leave Leicester City and that isn’t utterly surprising because we tried to sign the forward last summer but couldn’t convince him to join us, instead he opted to sign a new deal at the King Power Stadium.
And now that he wants to leave, The Sun claims Tottenham and Arsenal will go head-to-head for his signature.
The player released a statement during the week, confirming his desire to leave and Arsenal will be hoping to bring him in despite missing out on next season’s Champions League.
His statement read:
“Out of the huge admiration and respect I hold for Leicester City Football Club I wanted to be totally honest and transparent with them and have therefore informed the club that I feel now is the time for me to move on.
“I had a good discussion with the chairman last summer and we agreed at that time that I would stay for another year in order to help the club as best as I could following the transition of winning the title and in the Champions League.
“However, I am fiercely ambitious and feel that now is the time to move on to a new experience.
“I’ve always enjoyed a good relationship with the chairman and everyone at the club, and I hope I have been able to repay the faith shown to me by my performances and commitment on the pitch during my time here.
“I’ve had the four best seasons of my career at Leicester and have loved every moment. I feel immense pride to have been a part of what we have achieved during my time at the club, culminating in becoming Premier League Champions.
“The relationship I share with the club and our amazing fans is something I will treasure forever and I truly hope they will understand and respect my decision.”
Arsenal are in the market for a new winger, possibly as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez who is being tipped to leave the Emirates.
Mahrez will come in as a good signing but we may have to spend big to bring him in. Reports claim a fee of £50m will be required to sign the Algerian which wouldn’t be too much for us to pay if we step up our interest.
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