As reported by beIN Sports, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out a move for Leicester City attacking midfielder Riyad Mahrez this summer.
After committing his future to the Gunners, Wenger is busy identifying targets he feels can take the club to the next level and end years of failure to compete for the English Premier League title.
One player he is a definite fan of is Leicester’s Mahrez, the winger who propelled the club to top-flight glory just a year ago. He’s admitted that Arsenal could make a bid for him this summer after the 26 year old put in a transfer request at the Foxes.
As quoted by beIN Sports, Wenger said:
We have not made a bid, but personally, I like the player, yes. Have we made a bid for him? No. Not yet. No, we have not. When I say ‘not yet’ it means it could happen. It might not happen.
While his he’s obviously playing his cards close to his chest, a move for Mahrez may make sense with Arsenal looking to add creative attacking talent to their frontline next season.
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While Mahrez may not have had as quite as good a season as the one he had during Leicester’s title-winning campaign, he nevertheless still has plenty to offer and showed it during their tilt at the UEFA Champions League.
That was the competition Mahrez looked most motivated in this season, contributing greatly to their journey to the quarter-finals. He made nine appearances in the competition, scoring four times and assisting twice.
That shows that if Wenger can get the best out of him, Mahrez can once again tear apart the competition in the English Premier League on a consistent basis.