Arsenal Transfer News: Riyad Mahrez Pondering Roma If Gunners Move Falls Through

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJuly 15, 2017

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 18:  Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City looks on during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at The King Power Stadium on May 18, 2017 in Leicester, England.  (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Riyad Mahrez could depart Leicester City for Roma if the attacker cannot confirm a deal to join Arsenal this summer.

According to Goal, the Algerian magician wants to move to the Gunners but could find his way to Italy if manager Arsene Wenger passes on his signature.

Goal reported:

"Mahrez is impressed by the Giallorossi's determination to bring him to Stadio Olimpico but would prefer to turn out for the Gunners should the opportunity arise.

"It is understood that Roma sporting director Monchi has prepared a very lucrative financial package for the Leicester star, which has turned the player's head towards a league no longer considered to be among the best in the world."

However, things may not be so cut and dried; according to Sky Sports' Kaveh Solhekol, his colleagues in Italy reported Leicester rejected a £20 million offer from the Giallorossi. 

Wenger is still considering his options during the start of pre-season, and his hesitancy to sign the player could see the Serie A giants take advantage.

Roma have offered €23 million for Mahrez's signature, per Goal, but this is considered short of the Foxes' valuation of the flair talent.

The 26-year-old appeared 36 times in the Premier League last season, according to WhoScored.com, but Leicester gave up their league title crown with a whimper as coach Claudio Ranieri was dismissed.