£43m reported Arsenal target drops new social media hint
By Harvey Byrne
Riyad Mahrez has dropped a huge hint on his future after following Arsenal fringe player Yaya Sanogo on Twitter.
The 25-year-old Leicester winger has been targeted by Arsene Wenger’s team after winning the Premier League title last season and L’Equipe claims that the Gunners tabled a bid worth £43million for Mahrez on Wednesday.
The Premier League star has added to the speculation by following the Arsenal striker and possible future teammate on Twitter in recent days.
Mahrez only follows 87 other people on his Twitter account with the majority being Leicester and Algeria footballers, so his decision to follow the unlikely Sanogo suggests that a move to Emirates Stadium is in his thinking.
Sanogo – still without a league goal for Arsenal since his 2013 switch – is the newest name to be added by the Foxes playmaker.
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The striker was shipped out on loan to Charlton last season after a disappointing spell with Ajax but failed to shine for the Addicks as they were relegated to League One.
Leicester are keen to keep their star player from their title winning season and manager Claudio Ranieri has previously stated that the winger will be staying at the club.
However, it is claimed that the Algeria international, who recently rejected an extension of his contract at the Midlands club is determined to join Arsene Wenger’s side.
Mahrez was the star of the show as Leicester shocked the football world to win the Premier League title last season.
The former Le Havre wide player scored 18 goals and provided 10 assists in 39 appearances in all competitions last campaign and won the PFA Player’s Player of the Year award.
Wenger is looking to strengthen his side after 12 years without a title, but the French manager has only been able to secure one major signing so far this summer with Switzerland international Granit Xhaka joining the club.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the Gunners have had a £26million bid for defender Shkodran Mustafi rejected by Valencia.