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10 August 2017, 02:32 | Ken Black
Arsenal 'clear to sign Riyad Mahrez' after Roma pull plug on deal - reports
The Algeria global, who won the 2015/16 PFA Player of the Year award, has wanted a move from the club since The Foxes' Premier League success in 2016.
Mahrez, the Premier League player of the year during Leicester's title success in 2015/16, issued a statement at the end of last term expressing his desire to leave - just 12 months after signing a new four-year contract at the King Power Stadium. Today, Arsenal are handed a boost in their pursuit of Riyad Mahrez...
We've been strongly linked with the French worldwide all summer but with Monaco insisting the 21-year-old won't be sold at any price, Mahrez seemed like a viable alternative.
The Foxes have already brushed aside a £32m offer from Roma and are refusing to be railroaded into a cut-price deal for their star man.
And Roma sporting director Monchi has revealed the club are now looking at other options. He's never given me one single problem or put me in a situation where I've had to pull him to one side and say 'Hey, pull your finger out'.
Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare insists the Foxes are under no pressure to sell their best players and that Mahrez will be considered for selection in the club's opening game of the season at Arsenal on Friday, live on Sky Sports Premier League.
"The transfer window can get silly if you let it".
'If he doesn't stay professional then he won't train with the group, ' Shakespeare added. 'We don't want to sell our best players.
"Danny Drinkwater? Mahrez is different from Drinkwater, because he came out and said he wanted to leave".
"We don't want to be a selling club". Until we get a bid that is reasonable for us, then he stays here.
'You know when you have good players there might be an interest in them.
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