Arsene Wenger is getting so annoyed by the lack of signings this summer, that he’s taken to personally scouting new players himself.
During Arsenal’s tour of America, the Gunners boss took the opportunity to attend Leicester City vs PSG, and it’s believed he was there to watch Riyad Mahrez.
Arsenal have only signed three players this summer – and only Granit Xhaka is expected to be a first team regular – but Wenger is said to be tracking Leicester’s Mahrez, the reigning PFA Player of the Year.
25-year-old Mahrez netted 17 goals last season and Wenger wants him to form part of a new look attack, alongside Alexis Sanchez and a new striker – despite being knocked back by almost every forward in existence.
A fee of around £37m is rumoured to be enough to lure the winger from the King Power Stadium, just two years after he signed for Leicester for £350,000.
Mahrez played 66 minutes of Leicester’s game against PSG in Los Angeles, but was unable to prevent his side from losing 4-0 – in what could be a preview of things to come in the Champions League next season.
Goals from Edinson Cavani, Jonathan Ikone, Lucas Moura and Odsonne Edouard saw off Leicester, who fielded a strong side.
Unai Emery’s side were comfortable winners, which may just plant a thought in Mahrez’s mind as he decides his future.
The Adidas website showed an image of a number seven bearing the Leicester player’s name on the back of a Chelsea shirt earlier this month, but Wenger’s interest could sway the former Le Havre man towards north London rather than west.
Or maybe the thought of trying to lay on an assist for Olivier Giroud will force him to choose blue over red and white…