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Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool are monitoring Riyad Mahrez’s situation at Leicester City, after Serie A giants Roma failed in a third bid to sign the attacker.
Leicester have proven they can be stubborn negotiators with the club reluctant to accept Roma’s advances
According to the Daily Star, Roma have bid £32m for the Algeria international, so an offer from either Arsenal or Liverpool would have to exceed that amount.
Despite Mahrez putting in a formal transfer request earlier this year, Leicester’s second in command Michael Appleton has said the player’s attitude has not changed:
“He’s come in and he’s got on with it. The players have already mentioned he’s worked hard in training. I’ve not seen a lot of the stuff that you read about him, but from my point of view, I think he’s been first class.”
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been frustrated so far this summer with a deal to sign AS Monaco attacker Thomas Lemar and sees Mahrez as an another option. The Gunners boss has also reportedly identified Mahrez as a possible replacement for wantaway attacker Alexis Sanchez who could still move before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
Likewise, Liverpool have identified Mahrez as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho who could sign for Barcelona in the coming week. However, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is deeply reluctant to sell the Brazilian.
Having already signed a wide player in Egypt international Mohamed Salah, a move for Mahrez would likely see the Algerian attacker play in a more central role at Anfield.
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