Riyad Mahrez has told Leicester City of his intentions to join Arsenal this summer and is hoping the Foxes honour the agreement so he can realise his dream of working with Arsene Wenger.
According to the Sun, Mahrez has spoken to Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha to tell him he wants to join the Gunners, and a bid in excess of £26m will reportedly be enough to procure his signature.
Mahrez handed in a transfer request at the end of the season, revealing the club gave their word to allow him to leave this summer after he signed a new deal last year.
Chelsea and Liverpool have also been linked with Algerian but there’s been no official approach from either player. Mahrez rose to prominence after being named PFA Player of the Year and PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2015/16 after scoring and creating 28 goals as Leicester won the Premier League title.
The 26-year-old was linked to Arsenal at the end of that campaign but instead committed his future to Leicester, with a view to leaving 12 months later. Now the protracted deal could be completed this summer if Arsene Wenger matches his asking price.
He’s already admitted an interest in the former Le Havre star.