Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez’s move from Leicester falls through

New targets

Roma’s new sporting director Monchi has confirmed that the club have failed in their pursuit of Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez.

Roma had two bids turned down for Mahrez. The second, thought to be around £32m, was still way under Leicester’s valuation of the player.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Monchi said that Roma are now looking at new targets.

“The truth is that Roma did everything possible to buy the player,” Monchi said 

“He would have been the most expensive player in Roma’s history, but up until now we haven’t received any positive feedback from the other side.

“The offer we made was an important one, but the priority isn’t just Mahrez because we’ve done everything necessary and now we’re looking around for other players.”

Future uncertain

Although the Algerian won’t be moving to Italy, it’s not guaranteed he’ll remain at the Foxes.

Mahrez has been a long-term target for Arsenal, nearly joining the Gunners last summer.

Arsene Wenger’s top transfer target for the rest of the window remains Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, but Mahrez is widely regarded as the Frenchman’s back-up target.

Somewhat ironically, Leicester’s first match of the Premier League campaign is away to Arsenal on Friday night.