Arsenal ‘prepare improved offer for Mahrez after £30m bid rejected’

Date published: Wednesday 10th August 2016 1:26

Riyad Mahrez: Arsenal speculation continues

Arsenal are ready to test Leicester City’s resolve with a new offer for Riyad Mahrez, with an initial £30m approach reportedly turned down.

Speculation about the Algerian’s future has been one of the major talking points of the summer and, according to L’Equipe journalist Gilles Favard, the Gunners are more determined than ever to prise him away from the King Power Stadium.

Favard claims that Arsenal have already tested the waters with a £30m bid which was subsequently turned down by the Premier League champions.

However, Favard also claimed that Arsenal would go back in for the winger as Arsene Wenger aims to improve his squad before the season begins.

That was then followed up with the news that a £35m bid had been made.

If Arsenal are to sign Mahrez, and it does seem unlikely, they will have to go an awful lot higher than £35m.

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri confirmed on Wednesday that Mahrez has no release clause, and is adamant that he will stay at the club.

“He stays with us,” Ranieri said. “We want to keep all our players.

“Of course, Kante had a [release] clause and Chelsea paid it but Riyad does not have the clause and he will stay with us.”

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