This time last year, if we told you that Arsenal were trying to sign a Leicester player, you’d have told us we were crazy.
However, after the Foxes pulled off an incredible 5000/1 feat by winning the Premier League, their players are now very much sought after.
In fact, the Gunners wasted no time in pursuing Jamie Vardy immediately after the season finished. Despite Arsene Wenger triggering Vardy’s release clause, the striker chose to remain at the King Power stadium rather than move to the Emirates.
But Arsenal weren’t done there.
They turned their attentions from one Leicester player to another in the form of Riyad Mahrez.
In recent weeks, the north London club have been heavily linked with the PFA Player of the Year. The Algerian was magnificent for Claudio Ranieri’s side last season, scoring 17 goals and assisting a further 12.
However, for those Gooners that hoped they would secure the services of Mahrez this summer are set to be very disappointed.
That’s because the Guardian are reporting that he has agreed to remain at Leicester for the upcoming campaign.
The report claims that Mahrez has accepted that he will not be allowed to leave the Champions in the coming weeks after talks with his representatives and the club’s director of football on Wednesday.
Earlier this summer, Mahrez expressed his desire to leave the club and reportedly turned down a new contract worth around £80,000-per-week. With the Gunners keen, it seemed as though Mahrez would follow in N’Golo Kante’s footsteps of leaving Leicester for a London club.
But now, it seems that the winger will be playing Champions League football in Leicester blue in the coming season and Arsenal look set to miss out on yet another transfer target.
Ranieri on Mahrez
Ranieri has remained defiant about Mahrez remaining throughout this summer and his latest comments suggest he has won the battle.
"He stays with us," said Ranieri. "We wanted to keep all of our players. Of course N'Golo Kante had a clause and Chelsea paid that clause.
"Riyad does not have a clause and he stays with us."