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Gary Lineker reveals who he thinks Mahrez should sign for

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The race for Riyad Mahrez has really heated up on deadline day.

The Leicester star made his desire to leave the club known at the very start of the summer but to his credit, has played in all three of Leicester's Premier League fixtures so far this season while his future remained unclear.

Nevertheless, it was always a possibility Mahrez would be involved in one of the biggest moves on the final day of the summer window.

At one point last month it looked like a switch to Roma was on the cards after a series of bids from the Serie A side came in but they were subsequently all rejected by the Foxes.

And after being released from Algeria duty to finalise his exit from the King Power Stadium, speculation on Mahrez's next club has unsurprisingly intensified.

The winger, who joined Leicester in 2014, has been linked with various Premier League clubs of late, including Arsenal and Chelsea.

But at the time of writing, the latest rumours suggest Mahrez has flown to Barcelona to complete a stunning transfer to the Camp Nou.

Meanwhile, Leicester supporter Gary Lineker has weighed in with his thoughts on Mahrez's options.

And having played for Barcelona himself between 1986-89, the Match of the Day presenter has urged Mahrez to choose the La Liga giants over Leicester's Premier League rivals.

He tweeted: "If @Mahrez22 has to go somewhere, please let it be @FCBarcelona"

Of course, Lineker would have preferred to see the Premier League Player of the Year stay with the Foxes but the lure of Barcelona is too much for most players to resist.

Arsenal and Chelsea fans, however, will be frustrated to see another potential target slip through their fingers - at such a crucial point of the window too.

Interestingly, some media outlets have contradicted the Barca links entirely and claim Leicester haven't received any fresh offers for Mahrez's services yet today. Perhaps he is just being presumptive?

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