Friday 21 October 2016

Reports: Arsenal in talks to prise away another of Leicester City’s stars

Tom Rooney

Published 05/06/2016 | 21:02

Having already tabled the requisite bid to secure Jamie Vardy’s services, Arsenal are now said to be attempting to lure Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City.

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The Gunners may have finished 10 points behind the Foxes at the end of a singular Premier League season, but they obviously believe that life at the Emirates is more preferable than it is at the King Power Stadium.

Their acquisition of Jamie Vardy is reported to be all but done after the England striker apparently completed a medical in London earlier today, and perhaps ending the notion that the balance of power in English football had been redressed.

The indefatigable Vardy, who spearheaded Leicester’s incredible title win by netting 24 league goals, will only cost Arsenal the relatively small sum of £20m, which is perhaps why the usually frugal Arsene Wenger is willing to splash the cash again.

Riyad Mahrez has established himself as one of the league’s apex attackers and, unsurprisingly, was awarded the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award.

The Algerian is beautifully fleet of foot and a fertile goal source. Aside from 11 assists, he also chipped in with 17 goals of his own. Dimitri Payet notwithstanding, he might be the league’s best dead ball specialist to boot.

Amazingly, Mahrez arrived in England from French side Le Harve in January 2014 for just £400k, making him one of the greatest bargains since Alex Ferguson paid Oldham £650k for Denis Irwin.

According to a report in the Sun online, the Arsenal money men are said to be genuinely taken aback at how cheap they may lay their hands on the 25-year-old.

Were the move to go through, it would certainly bring an abrupt end to the feel-good factor Leicester conjured.

Despite the extravagant money coming from the TV deals in place for Premier League clubs and being the property of the well-moneyed Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the midland’s outfit could well lose the offensive core of their side well before launching a title defence.

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