Riyad Mahrez has been phenomenal this season and is understandably being monitored by a number of clubs, but we’ve received a huge boost in the hunt for his signature following the revelation that he is determined to remain in England, as reported by the Express.
Paris Saint-Germain were heavily linked with a move for the 25-year-old, and having been born in France it was believed the Algerian international would favour a return to his homeland. It turns out he has no interest in making a switch back to France though, and insists his future lies in England and the Premier League.
“Even today I am not too excited about the prospect of PSG. It is my town, but I do not see myself going back,” he said.
“I don’t really want to go back to France. France does not really excite me, I love England.”
While Mahrez remaining in England certainly doesn’t mean he’ll be at Arsenal next season, it is obviously a real boost in our pursuit. The report suggests £30m would be enough to lure him away from Leicester City, and if he performs even close to the way he has done this season then that would be an absolute bargain.
Leicester are still on course to lift the Premier League title after Tottenham’s slip up on Monday night, and even if they somehow fail to finish top they are still guaranteed Champions League football. Mahrez is unlikely to want to give that up, so if he does make a move this summer it seems likely to be one of the other top four teams.
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That obviously means we’ll have some serious competition, but if Arsene Wenger goes all out then he should be more than capable of convincing the Foxes star man to make a switch to north London.
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The big question is though, can Mahrez provide even close to the same level of performance next season as he has done this campaign?