Arsenal are unwilling to meet Leicester City’s £50million valuation for Riyad Mahrez, who now faces an uncertain future this summer.
However, it’s thought that Wenger will not pay any more than £35million for the Algerian winger who is believed to be keen on a move to Arsenal.
Earlier this year, Mahrez handed in a transfer request following a disappointing season with Leicester. It’s believed, according to The Sun, that the Algeria international has an agreement with the club that will allow him to leave this summer should a suitable offer come in.
Mahrez is reportedly a target of Barcelona, but the La Liga club have yet to make an offer.
Mahrez is now expected to start pre-season with Leicester.
Is Mahrez worth £50million? If so, should Arsenal spend this amount of money on the Algerian this summer? In my opinion, I don’t think he is worth that amount of money. Granted, he did have a great season when Leicester won the Premier League title, but last term he disappointed. Whether this was because his heart wasn’t in it, I don’t know, but to value him at £50million is outrageous.
Arsenal did splash out £52million on Alexandre Lacazette recently, and I can’t for the life of me see Wenger spending near the same amount on Mahrez. The Frenchman is right not to meet Leicester’s valuation, and I would rather see us spend such a fee on someone a bit more consistent this summer.