It seems that the whole of Europe wants to sign Riyad Mahrez.
Barcelona, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with the Leicester City star.
So it seems only right that Real Madrid’s name be thrown into the mix.
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Los Blancos are reportedly preparing a bid for the Premier League Player of the Year despite the Foxes’ insistence that they will keep the core of their title-winning squad together.
Mahrez is certainly a part of that core. The Algerian has been electrifying for Claudio Ranieri’s team, scoring 17 goals and assisting 11 in the league.
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It wouldn’t be the end of the season if the transfer rumour mill wasn’t going into overdrive and it seems that Leicester’s players are attracting more attention than most other teams. But there are some reasons to believe Madrid are lining up a move for Mahrez, as France Football are reporting.
Madrid move is possible
It was reported this week by Mundo Deportivo that Cristiano Ronaldo could sign for Paris Saint-Germain this summer if he decides to leave Real Madrid, and James Rodriguez’s future certainly appears in doubt.
So there are positions in Madrid’s attack that could need filling in the summer. If either is sold, it’s easy to imagine them going in for the playmaker.
It would be a shame if Mahrez, N’Golo Kante and some other players were to capitalise on this season’s incredible efforts by joining a bigger European outfit. For this truly terrific story to be complete, the players who inspired Leicester to the Champions League must feature in next season’s group stage.
Agent says it's 50/50
But even Mahrez’s agent, Kamel Bengougan, hasn’t ruled out the possibility of the 25-year-old leaving in the summer.
“Yes of course there is a possibility [of leaving],” he said, per The Guardian.
“When you have been playing the way Riyad has this season it is bound to attract attention. He is very happy with Leicester and of course it has been a fantastic season. They will play in the Champions League next year as well so he would be happy to stay.
“But at his age if the opportunity comes to play for a big team then we would have to think about it. I’d say it’s 50/50 at the moment whether he stays or goes.
“We have interest from the UK and overseas. We will have to see what develops over the next few weeks.
Mahrez’s mum has told the player to snub Europe’s big boys and remain at the King Power Stadium. She’s not the only one who wants that to happen.