According to the Daily Star, Arsenal could lose out on Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez, with AS Roma reportedly keen on his signature. City manager Craig Shakespeare recently revealed there had been no offer for the Algerian, with Arsenal putting their focus on Monaco’s Thomas Lemar this summer.
Arsene Wenger’s side have had two bids rejected for the 21-year-old and are believed to be preparing a third bid up to £50m. If Arsenal are successful in signing Lemar, they aren’t going to approach Mahrez. Roma, however, do want the latter as a replacement for Mohamed Salah, who joined Liverpool.
Mahrez was believed to be high up on the Arsenal wishlist after they were foiled in their attempts to sign him last summer. The 26-year-old handed in a transfer request to force a move ahead of the new season. But Roma are the only club who appear keen to match his reported £30m asking price.
Arsenal view Lemar, who scored and created 28 goals as Monaco won the Ligue 1 title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, as a key target. Mahrez scored and created 15 goals and struggled for consistency which may be putting off the Gunners.
Mahrez is 8/11 to join Arsenal this summer, but Roma might secure his signature unless Wenger makes a move.