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Arsene Wenger has confirmed his interest in Riyad Mahrez and has hinted Arsenal could launch a bid to sign the £35m-rated Leicester City attacker this summer, according to the Independent.
Mahrez has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates in the previous transfer window after his breakthrough in the football world as he helped the Foxes in winning the Premier League.
The former PFA player has indicated his decision to leave the King Power Stadium this summer having just recently signed a contract extension last summer.
“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.”
The reports claims Wenger plans on signing the £40million rated winger who has been sensational since winning the Premier League with the Foxes in the 2015/2016 season.
The 26-year-old is expected to find a new club this summer after handing in a written transfer request to Leicester last week stating that he was ambitious and was ready for a new challenge.
Mahrez is quoted as saying by the Independent:
“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.
“I had a good discussion with the Chairman 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.”