Tottenham Join Arsenal In Chase To Sign £50m-Rated Attacker
Tottenham Hotspur have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Riyad Mahrez but both clubs are reluctant to meet Leicester City’s £50m asking price
Managers are now pressing ahead with their plans for the summer transfer window so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip from around the globe. Today, Tottenham are linked with Riyad Mahrez…
Tottenham Hotspur have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Riyad Mahrez but both clubs are reluctant to meet Leicester City’s £50m asking price for the attacker, according to the Metro.
Mahrez is set to leave the King Power Stadium this summer after handing in a formal transfer request at the end of last season when the attacker stated his desire for a new challenge.
The Algerian international has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal with Spanish outlet Sport reporting at the end of last month that Mahrez was ready to accept a 4-year deal with the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger has already brought in Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac this summer but he’s on the look-out for another attacker and Mahrez is once again on his radar after the Arsenal missed out on signing him last year.
The Metro claim Wenger has turned his focus to signing Thomas Lemar after being put off by Leicester’s £50m valuation but may return for Mahrez if they can’t agree a deal with Monaco.
However, the Gunners may find themselves in a battle with their north London rivals as the newspaper is citing a report from the Evening Standard that claims Tottenham have now shown an interest in Mahrez.
The report indicates that Spurs have made contact with Leicester chiefs and asked to be kept informed of any developments regarding the players future – although they too are unwilling to meet their £50m asking price.
Mauricio Pochettino is yet to make a major addition to his squad this summer but the Argentinean coach is seemingly keen to strengthen his attacking options ahead of their return to the Champions League.
Mahrez failed to replicate the kind of form last season that saw him named the 2016 PFA Player of the Year but I think he would still be an excellent signing for either Arsenal or Spurs.
The Algerian proved his quality during the 2015/16 campaign when he scored 17 goals and provided 10 assists to help fire the Foxes to the title so he’d be a wonderful addition if they could get him back to his best this coming campaign.