Arsenal Set To Sign Riyad Mahrez; Official Announcement Expected This Week

Arsenal Set To Sign Riyad Mahrez; Official Announcement Expected This Week

It may be that Arsenal have no choice but to pursue Mahrez instead, yet with Leicester demanding £15m more than the Gunners want to offer it remains to be see how likely a deal is on that front either. Leicester will allow Mahrez to leave but only for the right sum and are prepared to play hardball over any negotiations on the fee, with the East Midlands club believed to be looking for close to £50m.

And as Leicester endured a massive fall from grace in the recently concluded season, it was Mahrez, whose slump in form paved the way for a disastrous campaign for his side, before a late flourish for both the player and the club saw them end the campaign on a positive note.

When asked about Mahrez last month, Wenger said: "Have we made a bid for him? No". He has to show supporters, staff and players that he's committed.

Mahrez reported back for pre-season on Friday and will travel with Leicester to Austria and then Hong Kong for the Premier League Asia Trophy against Liverpool, Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion.

"It can be disappointing when players go public, but there can be reasons and outside influences for how that happens. He's got a contract with us, so he has to understand that". "We don't know the value and we don't know the bid so until a bid comes in - it's not worth thinking about". "Of course it can disappoint the fans but I need to really sit down with him one-to-one and see where he's at in his head and how he feels". I know what Riyad is about, I know he's ambitious and I don't think there's anything wrong with any player having ambition'. "If we have a bid we will reflect on it".