Riyad Mahrez fuming as Arsenal target Monaco winger Thomas Lemar

Laura Christensen
July 9, 2017

Mahrez is reportedly valued at £50m by the 2015-16 Premier League champions, however, which has supposedly put Arsenal - the only side seriously linked with the Algeria worldwide - off making an opening offer.

Mahrez recently submitted a transfer request and it is suggested that he has an understanding with Leicester that he will be allowed to leave after he showed loyalty to the club last summer - but seemingly only if an acceptable offer is made.

Mahrez's dazzling form in 2015/16 won him the PFA Player of the Year prize and helped Leicester win the Premier League, and he remained loyal to the club despite a disappointing campaign the following year.

If you are Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare, who guided the Foxes away from relegation last season after replacing Claudio Ranieri, you schedule heart-to-heart discussions with midfielder Riyad Mahrez to assess his state of mind. The Gunners do not want to pay anything over £35 million to secure the Algerian winger's services are unwilling to meet Leicester City's £50 million valuation of the player. Him coming out, we know where it stands, but ultimately he's contracted to the football club. Shakespeare has though warned Mahrez not to down tools to force through a move.

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Mahrez reported back for pre-season on Friday and will travel with Leicester to Austria and then Hong Kong for the Premier League Asia Trophy against Liverpool, Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion.

However, he remains one of Leicester's most important players, so it's to be expected they want as much as possible for him. But even though his performances were not up to the mark in the 2016/17 season, the player continues to attract interest from some of the biggest clubs in Europe. I've always had a decent relationship with him.

"Knowing what Riyad's capable of and the tight links he's got within our group, they will be fine with him".

"We haven't had any bids and if we don't have one, we've got no decision to make".

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