Arsenal and Chelsea interested in signing 26-year-old attacker – report

Arsenal and Chelsea are both keeping tabs on Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez, according to reports in England

Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez Photo: Riyad Mahrez / Instagram

Arsenal and Chelsea are both interested in signing Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez this summer, according to reports in England.

The Daily Mail is reporting that the Gunners view Mahrez as a potential alternative to their top target Thomas Lemar.

Ligue 1 champions AS Monaco are reluctant to sell the France international and Arsenal now face competition from Barcelona for the 21-year-old.

The same article states that Premier League champions Chelsea are also keeping tabs on Algeria international Mahrez before deadline day.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is thought to be unhappy with the lack of signings at Stamford Bridge ahead of their title defence.

Mahrez was a key part of the Leicester team that won the Premier League title in 2015-16 under Claudio Ranieri.

The African playmaker scored 17 goals and made 11 assists in their title-winning campaign to win the PFA player of the year award.

Mahrez struggled like the rest of his Leicester team-mates to maintain his high standards last season despite a number of impressive Champions League performances.

Arsenal have signed Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac and Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette in the summer transfer window so far.

Chelsea, on the other hand, have added goalkeeper Willy Caballero, AS Roma centre-half Antonio Rudiger, Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata to their squad.

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