If you want to gauge how hot a transfer rumour is, then simply look for the number of headlines coming your way that basically all say the same thing.

Using these terms, Mahrez to Arsenal has frozen.

Of course, this doesn’t actually mean that nothing is happening (although it could), just that no-one has written about it for everyone else to copy. It’s almost as if information isn’t being leaked at quite the rate some would like us to think.

Speaking to France Football, the Leicester man was forced to deny he’d been meeting with Chelsea after he was snapped at the same hotel as the Blues. Coincidence, nothing more, which seemed obvious at the time to the rational-minded.

He also threw the proverbial cat in amongst the news pigeons when he added, “[The Premier League] is a super league and I would like to stay here as long as possible. 

“Now, there are two or three clubs in the world, that if they come for me, it definitely makes you think, if you understand what I am trying to say.”

That instantly makes me think he means Bayern Munich, Real Madrid or Barcelona.

Of course, by saying he wants to stay in the Premier League as long as possible, he does not actually state that would be at Leicester, but it looks like that’s where he will be, for the next season at least.

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