Riyad Mahrez to Arsenal: Winger furious with Leicester for blocking move

Arsenal turned their attentions back to Mahrez a few weeks ago after being put off by the £80m valuation of Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, but are also some way off coming towards a deal for the Algerian either, with the clubs £15m apart in their valuations.

The Mirror's report adds the Foxes wanted £50m for the 2016 PFA Player of the Year; a fee that Arsenal were unwilling to pay.

Arsenal are holding "positive" talks to sign Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City this summer, according to Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri. The 26-year-old is a cut above those around him at Leicester, and he could shine alongside the superior team-mates he would have with the Gunners.

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I'm open-minded. It can be disappointing when players go public with it but sometimes in the modern game outside influences are behind that.

Mahrez has been the single most instrumental player at Leicester City since he made the move to the King Power Stadium.

The Algeria worldwide joined the Foxes from Le Havre in January 2014 and helped them secure promotion to the Premier League in the 2014/15 season.

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He's got a contract with us, so he has to understand that.

Remember, trying to keep hold of him won't send the best possible message to players of Demarai Gray, Ben Chilwell and Kelechi Iheanacho's calibre, who could all exercise their apparently unalienable right to issue a "come and get me plea" at the expense of the club some day. "Of course it can disappoint the fans but I need to really sit down with him one-to-one and see where he's at in his head and how he feels". But even though his performances were not up to the mark in the 2016/17 season, the player continues to attract interest from some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

"He has to be fully committed here and I expect him to do that". "If they want to go and we get a bid, we'll reflect on it".

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