On Tuesday night, it seemed as though Riyad Mahrez would definitely be staying at Leicester next season.
Following the Foxes’ 2-1 friendly victory over Oxford, Claudio Ranieri said: "I think everybody here is happy. It's finished, the market has finished."
Asked specifically if he had spoken to Mahrez, Ranieri said: "Yes, he wants to stay."
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However, on Saturday, numerous reports suggested that Arsenal were on the brink of securing a deal with the Algerian and the Italian was suddenly having to convince his star man to remain at the King Power Stadium.
With Granit Xhaka being the only high-profile signing at the Emirates so far, it’s obvious that Arsene Wenger is playing catch-up in the transfer window.
With Manchester United securing deals for Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan - with the potential arrival of Paul Pogba - Wenger needs to start splashing the cash if he wants to challenge the Red Devils for Premier League glory. And he’s planning on doing exactly that in a sensational £75 million double deal.
According to the Mirror, not only does the Frenchman want to splash £35 million on the PFA Player of the Year but Wenger is also willing to spend a whopping £40 million on Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.
It’s clear that Wenger is desperate to sign a top quality forward this summer after he failed in his attempts to sign Leicester’s Jamie Vardy early in the transfer window. The Gunners have also been linked with Gonzalo Higuain, but are aware they would have to spend a hefty amount to secure the services of the Argentine.
So it seems as though Wenger has settled on 25-year-old Lacazette, who has scored an impressive 76 goals in all competitions during the past three campaigns.
With Olivier Giroud failing to win over the Arsenal fan base - and likely to miss the start of the campaign due to his Euro 2016 excursions - a new forward is imperative for the north London club if they are to win their first Premier League title since 2004.
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