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Arsenal are leading the race to sign Riyad Mahrez, according to bookmarkers, via the Daily Express.
The Leicester City man has been heavily linked with a move to other Premier League clubs since the January transfer window and it is now believed that the Gunners are leading the race to sign the playmaker.
They got him from Le Havre in January 2014 but Wenger slammed his former critics on his transfer dealings in the past insisting signing a player should not be all about the price but the quality: “We live in a strange society.
“If I sign a player for £400,000 before he plays people will say, ‘What isthat, that is not serious for Arsenal’.
“If you say we signed a player for £40million they will think he is really
Despite the persistent links away from the King Power Stadium, Leicester City are keen to keep hold of the midfielder and are preparing a new deal worth around £100,000 a week for the 25 year old.
Mahrez himself has remained coy on his future, when asked about a possible summer move, he said he could stay at the King Power Stadium and he could as well leave the club this summer.
Football Betting at William Hill are backing Leicester City to resist advances of other clubs and keep the midfielder beyond this summer. The Bookmarkers have pegged the odd of Mahrez staying at Leicester city at 8/13. However, should the midfielder be tempted to leave, Arsenal are being tipped as the favourite to sign him with the odds of the player moving to the Emirates at 9/4.
Chelsea and Manchester United are being placed at 22/1 and 12/1 to sign the midfielder respectively. Barcelona are next favourite after Arsenal for the 25 year old signature with the Catalan giants placed at 8/1 while PSG and Real Madrid are at 10/1 and 38/1 respectively.
Mahrez scored 17 goals and had 11 assists last season as he helped his club to the league title and became one of the best player’s in Europe in the process.
The 25-year-old winger will surely be a fantastic addition to whichever club he ends up in as his quick feet, brilliance on the ball and ability to set up his teammate to score goals as well as he also delivering the goods will definitely be a major boost to any team.