Riyad Mahrez has taken the Premier League by storm and has already bagged himself four goals in five games this season.
These excellent displays have attracted the attention of big clubs, with rumours suggesting Arsene Wenger has him at the top of his shopping list.
Mahrez signed for Leicester City in January 2014 from Ligue 2 side Le Havre, for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £400,000.
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He had a very good debut Premier League campaign and although not always red hot, still provided the spark in the Leicester team and played a vital role in their fight to avoid relegation.
He was not always picked under Nigel Pearson but certainly showed glimpses of his raw talent when he was given the opportunity.
WHAT WENGER THINKS ON THE ALGERIAN
Wenger showed his appreciation for Mahrez last season and said he was an excellent buy for only £400,000.
Mahrez earned himself the Man of the Match award against Arsenal last season at the Emirates. Arsenal won the game 2-1 but Mahrez was outstanding and a constant threat throughout the whole game.
He created numerous chances for both himself and his teammates and on another day Leicester would have easily won that game given the good chances that they made.
Mahrez has been dubbed the Algerian Messi and there are certainly similarities between the two players.
They love to have the ball at their feet and flourish in tight situations, using their low centre of gravity and close control to ease away from opponents. They have a fantastic eye to ball coordination and the ball seems to stick to their feet at times.
Both players have great balance and agility too and use this to go in and out of the defenders. They’re both left footed and both have the ability to create and score goals for their teams.
Obviously Lionel Messi is at a much higher standard to Riyad Mahrez but both are excellent players who have similar qualities.
HOW MUCH WILL HE COST?
Claudio Ranieri is a big fan of Mahrez and knows what a wonderful player he is. If Arsenal are serious about signing Leicester’s star man, they’re going to have to make a huge offer that would be hard to turn down.
However much he is sold for, that £400,000 was money well spent and an excellent buy from Nigel Pearson. You’d imagine he’d cost at least forty times that price tag now and if he can continue his exceptional form, his price tag will continue to rise!
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