Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City’s 26-year-old winger, is the transfer saga of the summer; this year and last.
2016 saw him talking in Paris of moving to bigger clubs, before declaring his love for the East Midlands side with whom he had just won the Premier League, as well as being declared Player of the Year.
Twelve months later and his stock has fallen. Unimpressive as Leicester were dragged into the relegation fight, he was reinvigorated by Craig Shakespeare’s appointment and took a central role as the Foxes clawed their way up to mid-table.
This summer saw the bizarre claim earlier this summer where Mahrez reportedly gave Barcelona a deadline; “sign me or else”. The time passed and so too did Arsenal. It’s left Roma with a free run at signing the Algerian international and after their initial bid of £20m was rejected, the Daily Mirror reports that they are set to return with an increased offer of £32m in the hope that it will entice Leicester to the negotiating table.
Mahrez reportedly agreed personal terms with the Giallorossi, leaving the two clubs to agree a fee. The likelihood is that the Foxes have seen the last of their mercurial winger in competitive action.