Attacker determined to force move after Arsenal table £43m bid

By on August 11, 2016

Arsenal pursuit of Riyad Mahrez has taken another twist with L’Equipe reporting that we’ve tabled an improved offer worth £43m and the attacker is understood to be determined to force a move to north London.

The Algerian international has been strongly linked with Arsenal in recent weeks with Eurosport FR reporting last month that the attacker had spoken directly with Arsene Wenger about a potential move.

We’ve then had a variety of conflicting reports surrounding Mahrez’s future before the Independent claimed yesterday that we were ready to put in an improved offer after seeing our opening £30m bid rejected by Leicester.

It appears that fresh bid has now gone in as the usually reliable L’Equipe are claiming that Arsenal have submitted a £43m offer that will see us pay £35m up front with a further £8m coming in add ons.

The French newspaper says that Mahrez is determined to join Arsenal and is now prepared to force his way out of Leicester if necessary after rejecting their latest contract extension offer.

These claims are supported by Get French Football, who cite a report from French outlet RMC that claims Arsenal have made an improved offer for Mahrez and the player is keen to complete a move to the Emirates.

However, before we get too excited, the reports coming out of France are in complete contrast to what the Guardian is claiming here in England, as they believe that Mahrez has agreed to stay at Leicester following fresh talks on Wednesday.

If you ask me, it appears that the French media are being fed information by Mahrez’s agent while the Guardian will be getting their news directly from Leicester Football Club.

Both sides have an agenda as the agent could either be trying to force a move to Arsenal or get Mahrez a better deal from Leicester. While the Foxes could be leaking false information to squeeze a better price out of Arsenal or in fact be telling the truth and that Mahrez has agreed to stay.

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Who knows what’s going on, all we can do is report the information that’s out there and it’s up to the individual to believe what they want.

I personally think there is definitely something going on but I’m just not convinced Mahrez is Wenger’s priority right now. We need a centre-back asap and thankfully a deal for Mustafi looks close, but I’d rather see us spend big on a striker than pursue Mahrez.


  1. ade

    August 11, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    I am convinced that Wenger and Arsenal need Mahrez desperately. I can remember how many goals the likes of Lungberg and Pires scored for Arsenal from the wings during the time of the invincible. Wenger is trying to re-enact same style with Mahrez and Sanchez playing from both wings. Arsenal needs to bring back such style.

  2. Kev

    August 11, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    City are not about to let him leave…no matter what money is offered!

  3. Rob G

    August 11, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    This is wishful thinking rather than an accurate portrayal of the facts. Arsenal fans should get a reality check by putting themselves into Leicester’s shoes. Why would they sell a contracted player to another PL club two days before the start of the season? For that kind of inconvenience, Arsenal would have to offer silly money.

    • Brighty

      August 11, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      Trust me if any team’s fans are wishful thinkers, we Arsenal fans are the masters. Years and years of wishful thinking and disappointment.
      Nights and nights of staying up watching the transfer window close praying we sign someone. Being linked with player after player but not signing anyone.
      Wishful thinking is all we have.

  4. Max Anyanwu

    August 11, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Arsenal needs a player like Mahrez no doubt amidst a tested CB and a magical goal poacher. The transfer window is stll some weeks away. Wenger should come out fully and do the business. I as a Gonner am dismayed with Wenger’s transfer market gimmicks every other season. Arsenal has some good money to spend on the desired legs. Wenger should also sense the arrival of some best coaches in EPL and be wise.

  5. saintwhite

    August 11, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    ade I sense something from u that will be gud ideals if d deal come through by January will get a gud striker in Arsene I still trust.

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  7. Kabbala

    August 11, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Let Wenger Call It Off. Team Spirit& Solidarity matter.

  8. grimes

    August 11, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    I will make a party when I’ll hear that Hostage Mahrez is free! Sorry but Lesster didn’t und don’t deserve him. We don’t know what happened with Sanchez and Özil the next time…

  9. meshack onderi

    August 12, 2016 at 12:56 am

    arsenal needs to sign mahrez asap we know he has the potential besides this we urgently need a defender in the form of mustafi wenger plis sign we have the cash.

  10. Moses S. Ben Jr.

    August 12, 2016 at 10:15 am

    This will be a complete boost to arsenal sign Mahrez than for sure we will be just one step away from winning the premiership.

  11. Ojo Olayiwola

    August 12, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    We hope he sign one before the end of the transfer window.

  12. Amarfofanah

    August 12, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    wenger should signer marize and greezman

  13. Roy Hugo

    August 24, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Insigne is valued in the region of ?20-illion bracket which is not a huge sum to pay to sign a player of his caliber. Arsene Wenger can put some of his criticisms to bed by going after a marquee player and for once complete a big money move.

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