Mahrez Ready To Force Move After Arsenal Submit Fresh £35m Bid [L’Equipe]

By on August 11, 2016

The summer transfer window is in full swing so we’ll bring you all the latest transfer rumours and gossip from around the globe. Today, Arsenal have made an improved £35m bid for Riyad Mahrez…

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Riyad Mahrez is ready to force a move to Arsenal after we tabled an improved £35m (€41m) offer for the Leicester City attacker on Wednesday, according to L’Equipe.

Mahrez has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal this summer after the Algerian international played a starring role in helping Leicester secure a shock Premier League title win last season.

Arsene Wenger has seemingly stepped up his interest in the attacker with the Independent reporting yesterday that we were ready to test Leicester’s resolve with an improved offer after seeing our opening £30m bid rejected.

It seems we’ve acted quickly to table the fresh offer as reputable newspaper L’Equipe claim today that Arsenal submitted an improved £35m (€41m) bid for Mahrez on Wednesday.

The French outlet also suggests that the 25-year-old is determined to join Arsenal and is now prepared to force a move to the Emirates after rejecting Leicester’s offer of a new contract.

Further reports from French news agency RMC [via Get French Football] support the claim that Arsenal have submitted a new offer for Mahrez but suggest that we’ll have to pay closer to £43m to persuade the Foxes in to a deal.

Interestingly, RMC also claim that Wenger has ditched plans to sign a top class striker and wants to land Mahrez and a centre-back before the close of the summer transfer window.

These reports coming out of France are in direct contrast to what the British press are saying, with the Guardian claiming that Mahrez has accepted he’ll stay at Leicester for at least another year following talks with the board.

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So it really comes down to who you choose to believe. The French media seem to think the player wants a move to Arsenal and we’ve tabled a new bid, while the British media feel Mahrez has accepted he’ll stay at the King Power for another year.

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We’ll have to wait and see how things develop but all I know is I’d love to see Mahrez join Arsenal this summer – although I’d be concerned if signing the Algerian meant Wenger wouldn’t also bring in a top class striker before the end of the month.

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4 Comments

  1. M Biddles

    August 11, 2016 at 9:38 am

    It ain’t going to happen gooners. £35 million won’t be anywhere near enough if it does in the next transfer window.

  2. Arsenal1Again

    August 11, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Wenger only pays his own valuation of a player.

    The thing is he valued Giroud at 30 Million when offering him as part exhange for Higuain and Giroud’s contribution was not close to Mahrez’s … yet Wenger values Mahrez on 5 Million more than Giroud despite the Leicester player being the PFA Player of the year.

    It is clear Wenger does not want the player and is doing his usual “I tried to sign players” thing he does every Summer. He treats Transfer funds like it is his own money and the man’s only ambition is to build a savings account of 700 million as a personal project before he retires.

    The boardroom look ineffectual and very weak along with no ambition.

    If Mahrez was currently an Arsenal player his valuation of the player would be 50 million plus. Yet Wenger always factors resale value, so he will not spend the money he feels would be the resale value. There has to be a profit margin so he can re-live the Anelka profit. Everything about Wenger at Arsenal is a list of personal aims, side projects, business experiments and a legacy of saved money he feels will compensate for lack of silverware.

    Legacies are about success, not selfish personal goals. I doubt there are many Arsenal supporters who will miss Wenger even if we dropped out of the top 4 for a few seasons. He cancelled out his legacy of his first half of Arsenal management with the second half. Any more failure and he will be in the red.

  3. jomki

    August 11, 2016 at 11:55 am

    He is not bad but arsenal need a striker and a defender more.

  4. Matthew Smith

    August 11, 2016 at 11:57 am

    ‘Legacies are about success, not selfish personal goals’

    Your own personal view of ‘success’ is clearly defined only by little silver pots and shiny medals. Wenger has won plenty of silverware for Arsenal, in addition to the once-in-a-life-time achievement which was The Invincibles, but his true legacy is his managerial masterclass overseeing the transition from Highbury to the Emirates. Keeping a club in the Champions League for 18 consecutive seasons without a virtually unlimited budget is unheard of and will never be repeated. Arsenal are now one of the elite clubs of Europe and it is Wenger who has orchestrated that transition. He is one of the greatest managers ever to have graced English football and will be hugely missed when he retires.

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