Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to celebrate his new two-year contract by splashing out £40 million on Leicester City forward Riyad Mahrez.
The Algeria international announced his intention to leave the Foxes yesterday, reigniting speculation the Gunners could seek to land him this summer.
The Sun report that Wenger could now move for Mahrez as he seeks to strengthen his squad and with doubts remaining over the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
The report also claims that Wenger has retained full control over transfers and player recruitment, despite speculation there could be backroom changes as part of his contract extension.
Mahrez has been a huge success for Leicester since joining from Le Havre and played a crucial role as they secured one of the most unlikeliest title triumphs in Premier League history, winning the league in 2016.
However, last season was a different story altogether with Mahrez managing just 10 goals and five assists in all competitions for the Foxes.
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Despite the form he showed in Leicester’s title-winning season there are now some doubts over whether Mahrez has what it takes to shine at a top club and £40m seems a lot to spend on a player who underwhelmed last season.