Riyad Mahrez, 26, Leicester City’s wantaway winger, is finding his exit from the King Power stadium to be tortuous.
AS Roma are falling short with their bids for the Algerian international. They returned to the East Midlands for the third time this summer with a new offer for his signature, this time the Daily Mail claims it was for £30m plus £5m in add-ons.
With no pressure to sell and with fees rising to stratospheric levels, the Foxes will only release Mahrez if a suitor matches their £50m valuation. Roma are not inclined to do so having received ‘only’ £40m when Mo Salah joined Liverpool earlier in the summer.
The Italians are the winger’s third choice club. Preferring a move to Barcelona, he waited impatiently for their offer to arrive and when it didn’t, let it be known via the back pages that his destination of choice was Arsenal.
With clubs circling around Alexis Sanchez, 26, there seemed a possibility that Mahrez might move to north London. However, the vehemence of Arsene Wenger’s determination to hold onto the Chilean international, means it unlikely the Leicester player will get his wish.
Roma are determined not to pay over the odds for Mahrez, complicating the situation further. Samir Nasri, 31, an unwelcome member of Manchester City’s north American tour party, is available for a cut-price £10m which offers the Giallosrossi a short-term answer at a cut-price.
Having failed to leave last summer when arguably his stock was at its highest, Mahrez faces the prospect of staying at the King Power for at least another season.