Riyad Mahrez has told Leicester City he wants to go elsewhere this summer and take on a fresh challenge, likely with a club in the Champions League. With clubs being linked to the Algerian Premier League winner, What Are The Odds looks at where Mahrez may head next.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has already expressed an admiration for Mahrez and with the Gunners apparently ready to spend good money this summer, it could be that a move within England looks the most likely option. 5/4 (2.25) odds look a very decent price for a player that would likely fit into the Gunners system well, adding flair and an additional goal threat outlet, which Wenger will hope prove to be a catalyst for a much improved league finish next season.
Interestingly, according to the Metro, Mahrez is now being chased by Chelsea and the player has a clause in his contract that would allow Champions League clubs to be able to enter negotiations. However, at this point it’s reported that Chelsea aren’t willing to entertain the £50m asking price that Leicester City are demanding. 5/1 (6.00) odds are currently being offered by Sky Bet on the Premier League champions to swoop and complete a deal for Mahrez.
Monaco are the only club outside of the Premier League that seem to represent any real value, being priced at 6/4 (2.50), and the allure again of Champions League football, along with the setting in Monaco could be an appealing option - however doubts remain over how much of the quality that took Monaco to a league winning season will remain at the club this summer, with a number of clubs interested in many of Monaco’s star players. Mahrez may very well decide to push for a club that is already established and getting ever stronger.
Liverpool are an interesting outsider choice in all of this, at 10/1 (11.0), with Jurgen Klopp keen on a new attacking winger, and having dropped out of trying to sign Mohamed Salah, could it be that Mahrez will be gracing Anfield next season? At 26 years-old the Algerian still has plenty of prime years ahead and could be that ‘x factor’ style player that Liverpool need to push on for silverware next season.
Tottenham in any other season would likely have won the title with their imperious form and are surprisingly much further back in the market at 12/1 (13.0). Many pundits agreed that if there was one weakness to Spurs’ game last season it was their lack of a winger that could get behind the defence and make things happen - Mahrez could very well be that player.
Other outside options are Manchester United at 18/1 (19.0), Marseille at 25/1 (26.0) and somewhat surprisingly Everton and West Ham both at 33/1 (34.0).
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