Arsenal handed major boost as £30m attacker decides he wants move

By on July 16, 2016

It looks like Arsenal’s pursuit of Riyad Mahrez is back on as the Sun claim the £30m-rated attacker wants to leave Leicester City and move to a bigger club this summer.

Mahrez was strongly linked with a move to the Emirates at the very start of the summer after Arsene Wenger had reportedly made the Algerian international a key transfer target.

It was easy to understand why as the 25-year-old enjoyed a sensational campaign last year with his 17 goals and 10 assists playing a key role in Leicester winning a shock Premier League title.

Mahrez rightly won the PFA Player of the Year Award and there were even reports from Italy that suggested we’d seen an opening £25m rejected by the Foxes – who have been desperately trying to  persuade him to stay at the King Power.

The rumours went quiet in recent weeks as Wenger turned his attention to trying to buy a striker, however, the speculation has resurfaced today as the Sun claim that Mahrez has now rejected Leicester’s new contract and made it clear he wants to leave.

With N’Golo Kante set for a move to Chelsea, it seems Mahrez has decided he also wants to jump ship and he’ll surely never get a better chance to join one of Europe’s big-guns.

The Sun claim that Arsenal are set to renew our interest but could face competition from Barcelona and PSG, while they feel it would take an offer of at least £30m to persuade Leicester in to a sale.

If Mahrez does want to leave, then it’s a no-brainer. We have to do all we can to bring him to north London. Theo Walcott’s future is in doubt and Mahrez would be the perfect replacement to play on the right side of attack along with Ozil and Sanchez.

That attacking three behind a top class striker would be a match for anyone, so I think we should go straight in and test Leicester’s resolve with a £30m bid. No messing about with this one Arsene, just do everything you can to get a deal done.

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We could probably still get around £25m-£30m for Walcott so we wouldn’t be too out-of-pocket and we’d still have plenty left to buy a striker and centre-back. Then we’d finally have a title-winning squad.


  1. Rob G

    July 16, 2016 at 11:53 am

    £50m at least otherwise why would Leicester entertain losing a player contracted until 2019

  2. Paul Clinton

    July 16, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Mahrez will break the bank for the Dirty Arses. He remains Leicester’s property and does NOT have a release clause in his contract. A mighty conservative fee of E65 million will assuredly put him beyond Wenger’s prudent reach. He’ll probably settle at Barcelona – gifting the KP the greatest return on their $400k investment since the emergence of modern footy.

    • Phil

      July 16, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      Wtf are you 2 smoking!! He was 400,000 and now coz he had 1 good season he is worth 65 – 75 Mil. You are truly on something.
      He ain’t worth more than the club!!

      • Paul Clinton

        July 17, 2016 at 3:15 pm

        I’m smoking a refined, cured banana leaf coupled with fresh grass from my immaculate Bermuda lawn. It is actually a great aid in establishing contact with “The Spheres” and coincidentally the reason I predicted Fosse would win the Prem when others had them down for relegation.

        Mahres will garner silly money, Phil, and there ain’t fcuk all you can do about it. Leicester, btw, is now worth 10X what the Thais paid to Mr Mandaric and that sum was $35 million! Since then ALL outstanding debts have been honoured, the KP bought and material upgrades worth $25million invested. The “wee pond” is now CL material and can demand what it feels is the market price for its players and as Riyad was crowned Prem Player of the Year, he will go for very, very BIG money. I believe he’s more gifted than Bale and worth more than my “conservative estimate of $65million”. The Spheres are pointing to a figure closer to $90 million! So sell him high or bench him, it’s still Little Leicester’s call.

        As an aside, during the celebrations in Leicester this May an estimated 230k fans attended to voice their support to a team that many thought were relegation fodder. 140k alone celebrated in Victoria park! The days of the BIG 5 dominating the Prem are OVER and many teams are now flush with broadcasting money, willing, emphatically ABLE, to spend silly money for the best players.

  3. Darren lewitt

    July 16, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    £39m where did you make that up from double it for the player of the year! If Stones and Sterling are £50m then he’s £75m

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