Riyad Mahrez has agreed personal terms with Arsenal ahead of a proposed transfer from champions Leicester, it’s been claimed.
The Algeria international has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates and there are reports a £40m deal could go through in the next 48 hours.
Those reports have been strengthened by claims in the Algerian press. Le Buteur, which is based in Mahrez’s homeland, report that Arsenal have already managed to agree personal terms with the PFA Player of the Year.
Terms regarding salary, length of contract and bonuses have been in place for ‘some time already’ they claim.
If that is true then all that is left is for Arsenal and Leicester to agree a deal.
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri recently warned Mahrez about the risks of joining the Gunners.
‘Mahrez for us is very important,’ he said.
‘If he goes into another big team, there are so many stars. Why? Stay with us, it’s much better.
‘He’s our champion. If he goes to another team, there are so many champions.’