According to reports in French publication L’Equipe, Liverpool are keen to replace Philippe Coutinho with Leicester winger and Chelsea target Riyad Mahrez if the attacking midfielder joins Barcelona this month, and Blues fans have been quick to have their say on the rumour.
L’Equipe says that if Coutinho does join the La Liga leaders during the January transfer window the Reds will look to bring in a replacement, with Mahrez and Monaco’s Thomas Lemar two potential options.
The Sun reported on Friday that Antonio Conte was ready to step up his interest in the Algeria international having completed a £15m deal to bring Ross Barkley to Stamford Bridge, and the 26-year-old has certainly been in decent form with seven goals and eight appearances in 22 Premier League appearances for the Foxes this season.
Chelsea supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on Liverpool’s interest in the wide-man, and while one said “don’t let Liverpool sign Mahrez”, another said “we need Mahrez more than them”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
@ChelseaFC Don't let LFC sign Mahrez!! What happens if Hazard doesn't resign? Mayhrez cheaper alternative and 1/3 the price for starters! Or better yet, two of them play together #CFC #TransferWindow #TransferTalk
— Jonathan Lacey (@JonathanLacey6) January 6, 2018
— Leo White (@leowhiteyyy) January 6, 2018
FFS. This is irritating. LFC now certainly look more ambitious and willing to spend more than us. We need Mahrez more than them. Specially that Pedro and/or Willian are leaving in the summer. But I know for sure that the #cfc board won't compete with LFC. fuming
— A. Houly (@a_houly) January 5, 2018
Can’t understand why Chelsea don’t make a move for Mahrez or Lemar. Surely Liverpool will sign one of them, which shows their ambitions.
— Mr.Ashley (@BaptisteAshleyD) January 6, 2018
Sign Mahrez please…. We better not lose him to Liverpool and Sanchez…don't let City have him….Alex Telles will do instead of Sandro
— Isaiah (@Isaiah03771179) January 6, 2018
Don't let Liverpool sign Mahrez step up Chelsea
— HazardX10MahrezX (@HazardXMahrezX) January 5, 2018