Arsenal have tabled £35.2m offer for Leicester’s Mahrez, player willing to force move

Arsenal made a €41m (£35.2m) offer for Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez on Wednesday and the player himself is eager to push for the transfer, according to reports from L’Equipe.

The Algerian ace was the Premier League’s standout player in 2015/16, with his 17 goals and 11 assists a key factor in the Foxes’ heroic title win.

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Although speculation surrounding his future at the King Power Stadium has been in short supply for much of the current window, rumours have swirled over the course of the past few days, with claims that Arsenal have launched, and failed with, an opening offer having done the rounds.

These suggestions have been strongly denied in the English press, but L’Equipe (below), who were credited with breaking the initial reports, have once again claimed that the Gunners’ interest is genuine, with an improved offer of £35.2m having been made.

It’s worth noting that following initial suggestions Mahrez had no interest in forcing Leicester’s hand on the transfer front, the 25-year-old is now ready to make an effort to escape the champions for the north London club.

Mahrez has also been aligned with Chelsea after being spotted in the same hotel as Blues boss Antonio Conte earlier this week.

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