With Paul Pogba finally settled back in at Old Trafford, another midfield star has captured the transfer market’s attention in PFA ‘Player of the Year’ Riyad Mahrez.
Conflicting reports have arisen between sources in France and sources across the channel in England, with the former (comprising L’Equipe and Eurosport FR) adamant that the much reported deal between Riyad Mahrez and Arsenal is nailed on.
Sky Sports and the Guardian, on the other hand, claim that Arsenal’s advances (if any) have been outright rejected by the Premier League champions.
In an effort to provide clarity to the situation, Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri addressed the media ahead of his side’s title defence opener against Hull City this Saturday.
The Italian was asked if there were any approaches made by Arsenal following reports of a £35m bid made by the Gunners.
“No. Could I know who is interested in Mahrez? Because I don’t know of anyone who is interested. Riyad stays with us,” Ranieri stated.
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Whether Mahrez wants to stay at the club is another matter, and Ranieri was then asked if he was convinced that the Algerian maestro wanted to remain at the King Power stadium.
“Yes, but sometimes the manager says one thing and then does another thing.”
That last remark may give some fans hope that there is truth to the rumours.