Arsenal has now turned their attention to Leicester sensation Riyad Mahrez who has been the main reason besides Jamie Vardy for their club’s unbelievable Premier League campaign so far. The two share 26 goals and 10 assists between themselves, and the London club is hoping to get one of them this January.
However, Mahrez himself has express that he has no interest in leaving Leicester until the end of the season. He believes he owes the club that supported his career in tough time. In an interview with French radio station RMC, he was asked about a possibility of January transfer.
“It’s best for me to stay until the end of the season,” he said. “I was at Le Havre, I had six months left but nobody came to get me. Leicester tried very hard to get me. I could feel that they wanted me. I took the decision without knowing the culture or the area. It was a risk. When you come from far away and you end up in the Premier League it makes you happy. I am happy that I signed for Leicester.”
The 24 year old signed for Leicester at a mere price of £400,000 from French Ligue 2 club Le Havre in 2014. He has scored 11 goals and made 7 assists in 15 Premier League appearances this season. Mahrez along with his attacking and record-setting partner, Jamie Vardy, have carried Leicester to the top of the league. He believes that he needs to see the season through and continue at his current club with aim of possibly winning the league.
Leicester manager, Claudio Ranieri, has admitted that the strike duo has caught attention from all of Europe but insists that the two can’t be bought. BBC Sport reported Ranieri saying, “No-one can buy Vardy or Mahrez in January. They don’t have the money and they don’t have a price.”
Whether or not the price tag is affordable, Gunners will have to wait until the end of the season to make an official bid. Till then, Arsene Wenger will have to look elsewhere for a quality striker in January.