Arsene Wenger has apparently told his close friends that Riyad Mahrez is a top target this summer, confirming that after missing out on him previously he’s determined to land his man this time around, as reported by The Sun.
The manager claims he could have signed the Leicester City star before he made the switch from Le Havre, with Mahrez available for just £400,000 before the move. His form this season has seen his value skyrocket though, and he’s now got a £25m price tag on his head (via The Sun).
The report unfortunately suggests we’re facing competition from Barcelona, but surely Mahrez will know that he has very little chance of getting a game ahead of Lionel Messi, Neymar, or Luis Suarez – even in his current form.
Mahrez has unquestionably been one of the players of the season, and the 25-year-old is understandably a top transfer target for many. Leicester may well win the league and will of course have Champions League football next season, but they are unlikely to enjoy the same success next season. This could see Mahrez looking for an exit, and hopefully we’re the club he chooses.
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We badly need attacking reinforcements this summer, with our current options just not cutting it. Alex Iwobi has obviously been fantastic, but the mere fact that he was even given so many opportunities shows just how poor the rest of our options have been.
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We still have to look at these reports with scepticism, but if Wenger really has been confiding in his friends about Mahrez then that’s a real statement.