Arsenal yesterday lodged a €41m offer for Leicester City attacker Riyad Mahrez, according to reliable journalist Damien Degorre in today’s L’Équipe.
The player recently rejected a contract extension offer from Leicester and is determined to join Arsenal. Mahrez has now decided that he is willing to force a move away from Leicester this summer in order to make his Arsenal move happen, a crucial change in strategy which could make all the difference in unblocking this move.
RMC also confirm that Arsenal have made an offer for Mahrez and that negotiations are ongoing between Leicester and the Gunners. A bid worth just under €50m plus bonuses would likely be enough for the Foxes to concede the player, contrary to reports in the English media.
Damien Degorre believes that Arsène Wenger’s plan all along has not been to sign a striker, rather to bring in a centre-back and Riyad Mahrez to complete his transfer window.
The Gunners want this deal closed as soon as possible, but there is little chance of that happening before the opening game of the weekend, with the Foxes standing strong in their resolve not to sell the player.