Riyad Mahrez

Bad news for Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez

Stuck in Leicester

It’s no secret that Riyad Mahrez wants to leave Leicester City. The Algerian wizard released a statement at the end of last season that made his desire to move on to bigger and better things clear. Yet he remains at the club.

It’s understood that the Foxes are willing to let him move on for less than €50 million. With the state of the transfer market, that’s decent value for a playmaker who won the PFA Player of the Year award in 2016.

Yet clubs have been reluctant to meet that asking price for some reason. AS Roma looked likeliest to give Mahrez the Champions League football he desired but they’ve now abandoned their pursuit, Mario Giunta tweeted.

The Sky Sports journalist broke the news on Tuesday afternoon.

Other avenues

While this is a blow for Mahrez, it paves the way for other interested clubs to sign him. Arsenal have been linked with Mahrez at various points of the summer. They may consider him an alternative to Thomas Lemar.

A dream move for Mahrez would be Barcelona. After Neymar’s departure, they may consider buying him.