Riyad Mahrez.

Arsenal reportedly launch an enquiry for Leicester's Riyad Mahrez

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As the January transfer window edges closer and closer, the national newspapers start to make bigger transfer claims. Arsenal, much to the annoyance of Arsene Wenger, tend to get linked with more players than most. 

However, with the Gunners chasing down their first Premier League title in over a decade, the first month of 2016 would be the perfect time for the frugal Frenchman to dip into his vast war chest for an outstanding player.

And who better to sign than the best player at the only club currently ahead of them in the table? Yes, according to the Daily Mail, they have already made contact with Leicester City with regards to Riyad Mahrez, and it seems they have every intention of launching an attempt to bring him to north London.


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Mahrez, alongside Jamie Vardy, has been incredibly impressive for the Foxes this season, already bagging 14 goals and seven assists. That makes him second in both the goal-scoring charts – behind Vardy – and second in the assist charts – behind Mesut Ozil.

That isn't just great form, that is PFA Player of Year form, at least according to the history books. Indeed, the Algerian is within touching distance of equalling Eden Hazard's tally of both goals and assists for last season, in which he won both the aforementioned award and the Football Writer's Association award.

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And, as a result, Leicester stand to make an incredible profit on the £400,000 they paid Le Harve to sign him in 2014. He is rated at £25m and, if his form continues, he would certainly prove a terrific asset for the Gunners in their pursuit of domestic success.

Not only that but Leicester's absence from Europe this season means the 24-year-old could also take part in Arsenal's Champions League campaign, bolstering their chances of making it past Barcelona in the round of 16.

But Leicester are chasing down Champions League football themselves and qualifying would be incredibly lucrative. As a result, they would likely resist most offers for Mahrez in January, meaning Arsenal's supposed enquiry is likely to get them nowhere.

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