Algerian international and Leicester City play maker Riyad Mahrez has broken his silence over his failed move to Arsenal and Roma, according to reports.
After ending the penultimate season on a high, Mahrez became a transfer target for Arsenal but a typical frugal Arsene Wenger failed to meet the valuation of the player and he stayed put at the King Power Stadium.
Speculations continued linking the player to Arsenal this summer although the Gunners are not left alone. Seria A giants Roma have had bids rebuffed for him and Leicester are looking like they are unwilling to leave the player.
Mahrez reportedly handed a transfer request to the Foxes, as it is given that the 26-year-old confirms that he want to play for a top side, with his preference being a Premier League club.
The attacker spoke with Skysports and he made bare his mind over link with Roma.
“I know Roma came in, but nothing was accepted so there is little I can do,” Mahrez told Sky Sports News. “They are a great club who I would like to talk to but I can’t until Leicester accept a deal.
“Leicester know my thoughts, but I will continue to give my best for the club as I always have.
“Clearly, it is flattering whenever you get linked with any big clubs, but as it stands, I have not talked to anyone as nobody has had a bid accepted but we nearly have a month left of the transfer window so we will see what happens.”
Arsene Wenger appear to have Monaco’s Thomas Lemar as his priority target before the window closes and the reason is not far-fetched. Mahrez has seen his stocks fallen following the shambolic season the Foxes endured last season, the Algerian failed to replicate his form for the penultimate season but Lemar is French and he shone for Monaco.
We understand that Leicester City are holding out for £40million for the player, which is £10million less than what Monaco are asking for Lemar. Mahrez has experience and would not need time to adapt to the Premier League, and so he is a better bargain to a Lemar we barely know.
But Wenger knows best.