According to a recent report in the S*n, Leicester are preparing for life after Riyad Mahrez and Arsenal are after him once again.

The 26-year-old Algerian forward is expected to leave this summer, as the Foxes are set to honour the verbal agreement they made with him last year, letting him leave if sides matched their transfer valuation.

Arsenal and Tottenham are reportedly interested in his services, and £30m isn’t seen as too excessive a transfer fee to pay for last season’s Player of the Year.

It’s fair to say that Leicester overperformed last season and as a result, it’s unsurprising that Mahrez hasn’t been able to replicate his impressive statistics this term. With 10 goals and seven assists for the Foxes, it’s been a disappointing campaign for Craig Shakespeare’s men – having sacked Claudio Ranieri after poor form saw them faced with a possible relegation battle.

Leicester are understandably reluctant to let their key men leave, especially after N’Golo Kante’s move to Chelsea last summer saw him play a pivotal role in their title charge this season.

However, it is believed that Mahrez wants to compete for more silverware elsewhere and would ideally like to play in the UEFA Champions League too.

Tottenham have already secured their place among Europe’s elite next term but the current situation with Arsenal is complicated. Sitting in the UEFA Europa League qualification places, they’ll need to win their last three games and hope either Liverpool or fourth-placed Manchester City drop points to secure an unlikely spot in the top four.

Arsenal were heavily linked with Mahrez’s signature last summer and are naturally expected to make another approach on this occasion.