According to The Express, Tottenham have enquired about the possibility of signing Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City as what would be the club’s first signing of the Summer.
In recent weeks, Tottenham have been heavily linked with the signing of English play-maker Ross Barkley from Everton, who Ronald Koeman claimed was ‘100%’ going to leave the Merseyside club in the current transfer window.
However, over the last few days, many reports have suggested Spurs may yet make a move for Premier League winner Riyad Mahrez, who’s future with the Foxes has been in doubt for months.
Arsenal and the Italian side Roma have so far been the favourites to land Mahrez’s signature this Summer, however reports from FoxesofLeicester have claimed that both Arsenal and Roma’s interest in the winger has died down of late.
It is understood that Roma have been twice rejected by the East Midlands club in two bids worth £20 and £27 million respectively, while Arsenal have not yet made an official approach.
According to FoxesofLeicester, Roma have ended their pursuit of the Algerian international as the hierarchy at the King Power Stadium are refusing to budge from their £50 million stance on the 26 year old.
In addition to this, Arsenal appear to be distracted by the potential signing of Monaco youngster Thomas Lemar who the Gunners seem to have prioritised over Mahrez.
However it is suggested, again by FoxesofLeicester, that if Arsenal fail to sign Lemar, they will turn to Mahrez as an alternative, and it should be noted that the Europa League side have already failed in three bids.
It is important to note that FoxesofLeicester also reckon that Spurs haven’t launched an enquiry, but do report that Tottenham are mulling over the option.
Like Barkley, Mahrez has a £50 million price-tag hanging ’round his neck, so regardless of who Tottenham choose to pursue, Levy will have to accept he’s going to have to splash out.
How much would you pay for Mahrez? More or less than for Barkley?
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