The latest transfer story to hit the interweb was that of Riyad Mahrez, who expects Leicester to honour their supposed agreement and allow him to move on come the end of this season. This, of course, had a knock on effect with traders practically tripping over themselves in order to get hold of futures in the Algerian winger. As a result of his whopping 41.58% increase he’s now sat at a lofty price of £1.91; nearly doubling his value in just 24 hours time.
Arsenal were very keen on Mahrez last summer and there was plenty of talk of a £32million pound bid. That’s practically chump change these days for a player of Mahrez’ quality and even though he hasn’t quite replicated his form from last season, he’s still been one of Leicester’s most pivotal players. His goals in Europe helped the Foxes make the quarter finals and it seems that the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham have been put on red alert following this news. Leicester lost one of their key men in N’Golo Kante (£1.36) last season and I think they will do well to keep hold of Mahrez come the transfer window.
With the talk of the town being that Mahrez wants out, Arsenal would be a very logical destination for him. Alexis Sanchez (£4.63) has already come out and stated how disappointed he has been that Arsenal are not challenging on multiple fronts – damning words by any stretch of the imagination. The Chilean is clearly not happy and with Bayern Munich waiting in the wings, we could see him leaving the Emirates sooner rather than later. With this in mind, it’s likely that Mahrez will be one of the names linked as a possible replacement for Sanchez.
We’ve already mentioned Kante previously and it seems that he can now add Football Writer’s Player of the Year to his ever-growing stack of achievements. Since winning this award 2 days ago, his price has since dropped, as traders seek investments elsewhere. This is to be expected, as Kante has perhaps peaked for the season, having scooped up numerous awards, as well as shown dominant displays in the league throughout the season. I’m sure Kante will once again steadily grow in value, as the season re-commences come September and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him back hitting past the £2.00 barrier before too long.