Leicester City have done a (mostly) fine job of retaining the squad that brought them the Premier League title last season, but Europe’s giants are still circling the signature of superstar Riyad Mahrez.
Chelsea have already lured N’Golo Kante to Stamford Bridge this summer, and bookmakers have the Blues along with Arsenal as favourites to add Mahrez to their list of recruits, with What Are The Odds providing the latest on his summer prospects.
Antonio Conte’s side were way ahead of the pack as 5/4 (2.25) favourites to tempt Mahrez away from the King Power Stadium, however that price dropped after apparent interest cooled and now odds of 8/1 (9.00) at Sky Bet suggest a move is 'off the table'.
Roman Abramovich already invested a reported £32 million fee to sign Kante from the reigning Premier League champions, but 2015-16 PFA Player of the Year Mahrez would be expected to cost even more.
For that reason, it’s difficult to imagine the (once again) favourites Arsenal signing the Algeria international, despite being installed at 13/8 (2.63) to do so with three weeks of the summer window remaining. The Gunners already made their almost “annual big signing” in the shape of £30 million Granit Xhaka, and that could be all she wrote in terms of major money deals.
City have already added wingers Nolito and Leroy Sane to their ranks, Barca’s funds are thought to be low after Neymar extended his contract and Lionel Messi expected to follow suit, and Los Blancos already have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to creative assets on the flanks.
Leicester will be striving to tie down Mahrez to a new deal, but the interest appears to stretch across Europe, with Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan all included in the market, each priced as 20/1 (21.00) underdogs.
Of all those options, French champions PSG could be the most feasible, given Mahrez speaks French and would be migrating to another domestic champion with cash to make a deal - however it seems that Leicester are 'clear' they will keep him, at least until the winter transfer window...
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