The plot thickens when it comes to the Arsenal transfer rumours about the Leicester City and Algerian international star Riyad Mahrez after a source from the player’s current club muddied the waters even further by claiming that, contrary to popular belief, Arsenal did not even try to sign Mahrez last summer.
We know that Arsene Wenger made an offer for the Foxes and England striker Jamie Vardy because it was all over the news before the Euro 2016 tournament began and then the striker chose to reject the move and stay where he was. There were also lots of reports saying that the boss also tried to get Mahrez but the shock Premier League title winners persuaded him to give them another season.
But a Metro report is telling us that a source from the east midlands club has revealed that Arsenal did not make a bid for Mahrez at all, even though the Algerian wanted to join us and would have cost £35 million, which is around £15 million less than he is likely to cost this year.
This is all a bit odd, especially as Wenger spoke highly about the player earlier this summer and as reported by the BBC he dropped a huge hint that Mahrez was on his transfer wish list.
He said, “Have we made a bid for him? No. Not yet. Not yet means it could happen, it could not happen.
“I think he had a huge impact at Leicester when they won the championship, like everybody else.
“It’s been a different season this year but it doesn’t take anything away from his qualities.”
So just what do you think the Arsenal boss is playing at with regards to signing Mahrez?