According to Goal.com, Arsenal are targeting the signing of 26-year-old Algerian winger, Riyad Mahrez to replace want-away striker, Alexis Sanchez. Sanchez is reportedly close to joining league leaders, Manchester City who want him as they are also short of striker options following the injury to Gabriel Jesus.
Mahrez has long been an Arsenal target but no deal has materialised as Leicester and Arsenal have failed to reach a transfer agreement. The player won The PFA Player of The Year Award back in 2016 after helping Leicester win the league in remarkable fashion that season. Goal reports that Arsenal will step up the chase for the brilliant winger, though Leicester are believed to want around £50m for his signature.
Arsenal may sell Sanchez this winter so as not to lose him on a free in the summer due to the fact that he has only 6 months left on his contract. With Sanchez close to a £30 million move to City, Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger believes Mahrez is the perfect player to replace the 29-year-old former Barcelona star. Sanchez had been the subject of a £60 million move from Pep Guardiola’s team last summer, but a deal fell through at the last minute due to the fact that the Gunners could not get a replacement for the Chilean International.
Mahrez has also been linked to a move to Liverpool but it is believed that he prefers a move to north London and his laid back style of football is not in sync with Jurgen Klopp’s heavy metal football.
Mahrez has regained the form that saw him score 17 goals and 11 assists for the Foxes, though his form tailed off during the latter stages of Claudio Ranieri’s era. Under new manager, he has regained his form and looking closer to the player that terrorised defences alongside Jamie Vardy in 15/16. He will offer Arsenal creativity, vision and decisiveness in the final third.