Riyad Mahrez is wanted by Arsenal..

Arsenal talking to Leicester City about Riyad Mahrez deal

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If you thought Leicester City star Jamie Vardy would bring an end to Arsene Wenger's summer spending spree at Arsenal, then prepare to be startled.

The Gunners are believed to be closing in on a £20m deal for the England striker, who scored 24 goals on his way to winning the Premier League title with the Foxes.

But while contract talks are still ongoing with Vardy, Arsenal are already moving onto their next target, who just so happens to play for Leicester as well.


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According to The Sun, Arsenal officials have already opened talks with their counterparts at the King Power Stadium over a deal for PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez.

The Algerian was arguably even more impressive for Leicester last season, scoring 17 goals and creating a further 11 en route to winning the grandest individual award in English football.

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The break-up

It is a cold serving of reality for Leicester City fans, who were hopeful that the prospect of Champions League football would convince their biggest stars to stay for at least one more season.

However, it appears the chance to play for an established elite club is too much to turn down, especially for Vardy. The former non-league striker has played just two seasons in the Premier and only has several years left to enjoy life as one of the top earners.

Arsenal are willing to offer the 29-year-old a four-year deal worth £120,000-a-week, which is double what he currently earns at Leicester and significantly more than he was earning this time last year (£20,000-a-week).


Release clause

But the situation is a lot more complicated with Mahrez, 25, who has much more time to play with. It is also unclear whether the Algerian has a release clause in his contract similar to that of Vardy.

The report mentions that Arsenal were "shocked" by how low Mahrez's release clause but doesn't actually confirm the value. It can only be assumed that is as much or greater than Vardy's £20m price tag.

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Huge profits

Should Arsenal sign both Vardy and Mahrez, it will seal Leicester an incredible profit on their original investment. The Foxes paid just £400,000 to sign Mahrez from Le Harve in 2014 and £1m to sign Vardy from Fleetwood Town.

It is, however, reported that Vardy's transfer will see Fleetwood Town, now in League One, net £6.8m from a sell-on clause, a staggering amount of money for the club.

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Walcott's future

Should Mahrez arrive, it could spell the end for Theo Walcott, who struggled to get into the Arsenal first-team towards the end of the season. Wenger preferred youngster Alex Iwobi to the 26-year-old, who missed out of England's Euro 2016 squad as a result.

He has been linked with a £25m move to West Ham but his £140,000-a-week wages could prove a stumbling block.

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