Arsene Wenger spotted watching transfer target Riyad Mahrez against PSG

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Arsene Wenger has fuelled further speculation that Arsenal will make a move for Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez after being spotted watching the Algerian in action against Paris Saint-Germain.

The long-serving Gunners boss has been linked with a move for the PFA Player of the Year all summer, however, the transfer has yet to come to fruition and after being spotted watching the 25-year-old in action in Los Angeles, Arsenal fans are remaining hopeful.

The Mirror claim Mahrez looked "subdued" during the Foxes' 4-0 hammering by PSG, with the Premier League season just two weeks away.


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Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has previously stressed that Mahrez is happy at the King Power Stadium, after a season that saw him and the Foxes crowned Premier League champions, PFA Player of the Year and obtain Champions League football.

Meanwhile, one Leicester fan tried making it evidently clear that the winger is happy with the Foxes; posting recent images of Mahrez smiling during pre-season training.

However, their remains to be some uncertainty about Mahrez's future, with it reported earlier in the month that he had turned down a new £80,000-a-week contract, with it almost exactly a year ago since he signed a £35,000-a-week deal with the club.

No pressure

And Leicester are under no pressure to sell, with Mahrez contracted to the club until 2019 - meaning Wenger will have to spend big this summer, if he is to acquire the man who has also been a target of Barcelona in recent months.

Wenger is also looking at Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette and Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi, as other forward targets, but the Frenchman will be prioritising a move for a defender, after Per Mertesacker was ruled out for five months.

But the Gunners boss could fear being, once again, knocked back by a Leicester player, after striker Jamie Vardy rejected a move to the Emirates, in favour of signing a new and improved deal with the Foxes.

Intelligent man

Mahrez, who netted 17 goals last campaign, was replaced in the second half by Ranieri, has also been told by his boss to stay put at Leicester - claiming it will be better for him in the long term.

"I speak often with him and say stay with us, it's much better for your future, I think he is an intelligent man and he will stay." said Ranieri.

"He improves more if he stays with us for another year, maybe next year he can think about another solution. If he goes for a lot of money, everybody will be expecting something special. He can do something special, but with us."

It is also claimed that a fan chased Wenger down a beach in LA, who pleaded to the Gunners boss to sign Mahrez. However, Wenger is not one to rush into a transfer, and fans could be waiting for some time yet, if he does manage to persuade the 25-year-old to the Emirates.

Will Riyad Mahrez still be a Leicester City player at the end of the transfer window? Have your say in the comment box below.

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