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Arsenal have been handed a massive boost in signing Riyad Mahrez as they sensational midfielder has expressed his desire to leave Leicester City this summer.
A Goal reporter claims the former PFA player of the year Riyad Mahrez could fancy a move to Arsenal to Barcelona. The Algerian midfielder recently signed a new four-year contract last August with the Foxes.
“Out of the huge admiration and respect I hold for Leicester City Football Club I wanted to be totally honest and transparent with them and have therefore informed the club that I feel now is the time for me to move on,” the statement began, as per Sky Sports.
“I had a good discussion with the chairman [Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha] last summer and we agreed at that time that I would stay for another year in order to help the club as best as I could following the transition of winning the title and in the Champions League. However, I am fiercely ambitious and feel that now is the time to move on to a new experience.
“I’ve always enjoyed a good relationship with the chairman and everyone at the club, and I hope I have been able to repay the faith shown to me by my performances and commitment on the pitch during my time here.
“I’ve had the four best seasons of my career at Leicester and have loved every moment. I feel immense pride to have been a part of what we have achieved during my time at the club, culminating in becoming Premier League champions. The relationship I share with the club and our amazing fans is something I will treasure forever and I truly hope they will understand and respect my decision.”
However, Arsenal will also have to battle this season Ligue 1 champion Monaco for his signature.
The report further state that it will cost Arsenal in the region of £34.7m, ($44.5m) to make him complete the move to the Emirates Stadium.