Arsenal fans were sent into a frenzy this morning when Eurosport claimed Riyad Mahrez had agreed to join the Gunners from Leicester City.
Although some supporters were understandably hesitant to believe the story, within a short few hours it had evolved to the extent that it was suggested Mahrez’s agent had attended last night’s friendly between Arsenal and Lens.
Nevertheless, details remained sketchy throughout the morning, with various news sites making differing claims as to the value of the transfer, ranging from £40 to £60 million.
However in the last few hours, Eurosport have updates their original story, stating Mahrez will cost Arsenal €50 million, or just short of £42 million.
A price tag hinted at by Claudio Ranieri, when he argued that Raheem Sterling’s transfer from Liverpool to Manchester City was the benchmark from which Leicester would begin to negotiate the sale of Mahrez.
Given that it was Eurosport who originally broke the story this morning, the way in which they are drip feeding the information seems to indicate that the facts they are presenting are coming from a solid source.
Indeed, the momentum now seems to be entirely be with the Gunners, and runs in accordance with what Arsene Wenger told reporters, after he said Arsenal were still ‘active’ in the transfer market.