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Arsenal have made an official bid for Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez, according to Football expert Tancredi Palmieri via the Daily Express.
The Gunners have been seriously linked with a move for the midfielder and it is believed the club have now made a formal approach for the Algerian international.
Arsenal are said to have held talks with the player’s representatives and the Gunners have been encouraged by the player’s entourage.
Leicester City are keen to hold on to their title winning stars next season but Mahrez has set his sight on a move to the Emirates. The Gunners have now followed up with a £25m bid for the player.
Palmeri tweeted: “Arsenal have bid €32m (£25m) for Mahrez. Arsenal, before bidding for Mahrez, had several meeting with the player’s entourage and the player is open for moving.”
Wenger is very keen on strengthening his attacking midfield options this summer and Mahrez features high on the French man’s wishlist.
The Algerian international was one of the league’s best players this season and the midfielder scooped the PFA player of the year award in the process.
Mahrez scored 17 goals and provided 11 assists this season as he helped the Foxes to their first ever league title.
Arsenal are also keen on Mahrez’ teammate Jamie Vardy and have activated the striker’s £20m release clause. Should Arsenal be able to complete a double swoop on their title winners, it will send a statement of intent to other Premier League rivals.