Arsene Wenger has promised the Arsenal fans a couple of top top quality signings this summer, and we are all hoping beyond hope that this time around he is telling the truth. In fact, in my opinion when he says that I always think he has already persuaded the new players to come to the Emirates!
One of the biggest Arsenal transfer rumours so far is that we are aiming to sign last years Premier League Player of the Year, Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City. The Algeria international has already told the Foxes that he wants to leave and made a very clear statement of his intentions. He said: He wrote: “Out of the huge admiration and respect I hold for Leicester I wanted to be totally honest and transparent. I have 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. I’ve had the four best seasons of my career at Leicester and have loved every moment.
“I feel immense pride to have been a part of what we have achieved during my time at the club, culminating in becoming Premier League champions.”
I think Mahrez made that statement knowing exactly where he will be next season, and although Arsenal are supposedly the front runners and are reportedly willing to pay £40m for the 26 year-old, the lastest news from Spain is that Barcelona are also keen on taking him to the Nou Camp.
The report, from Don Balon, gives a quote from Mahrez saying that “anyone in the world would like to play alongside Leo Messi” which is a statement of fact, but in reality Messi already has Neymar and Suarez alongside him, so what are the realistic chances of Mahrez even getting a game at the Spanish giants?
I still make Arsenal favourites to sign Mahrez. What do you think?