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Wenger’s preparing for a big deal in January transfer window.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly ready to offer £30million to Leicester City for their star Riyad Mahrez in the winter transfer window. The Gunners boss could be forced to probe the market this winter amid doubts over the futures of both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
According to a recent report by the Daily Mail, Sanchez will once again be a top target for Manchester City in the middle of the season, with him and Ozil about to run their contracts at the Emirates Stadium.
Wenger also refused to rule out selling the duo when questioned about it in his press conference earlier this week, with the Daily Mirror quoting him as saying: ‘Once you are in our kind of situation we have envisaged every kind of solution yes. Yes, it’s possible.’
The Mirror now reports that Mahrez has now become a £30m target for Arsenal, with the Algerian pushing for a move away from Leicester City during the summer. There was a report in the Independent back in May that Mahrez handed in a transfer request at the King Power Stadium, and that he had also been approached by the North Londoners the previous year.
On that occasion, Mahrez decided to keep on with the Foxes after their title-winning campaign in the 2015-16 season, which landed them a spot in the Champions League for the 2016-17 season and put them in a stronger position to keep their star player.
The Mirror now claim Leicester may have softened their stance on the 26-year-old, with top clubs like Arsenal and Tottenham lining up a January move for the player. Manager Craig Shakespeare is said to want to go all the way in the transfer market this winter and could now be tempted to sell Mahrez to help increase the depth of his squad in other areas.
Despite emerging as the PFA Player of the Year after he led his team to the Premier League title in 2015-16 season, it remains to be seen if Mahrez can deliver at a bigger club where the competition is harder.
However, if the tricky winger was to rediscover the incredible form that played a major role in Leicester’s title campaign, there’s no question he could make the loss of Sanchez and Ozil a lot more bearable.