Report: £30m Mahrez deal rejected

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There are reports this morning that Arsenal have had a £30m bid for Riyad Mahrez rejected by Leicester.

They emanate from a French journalist and contributor to L’Equipe TV, Gilles Favard, who posted the following:

Now, leaving aside the fact he can’t seem to spell player’s name properly, Favard has been banging the Mahrez to Arsenal drum quite regularly this summer. A couple of weeks ago on L’Equipe TV he stated that he knew ‘for sure’ that Mahrez wanted to come to the club.

He has since followed up his original Tweet with one that says Arsenal are going to increase their offer, and that Mahrez’s agent is in “Leicester” and that ‘the stand-off has begun’.

Whether that means negotiations or Leicester are going to dig in and make it difficult for the Algerian international to leave is open to question.

Speaking earlier today, Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri confirmed that there is no release clause in Mahrez’s contract and that he expects him to stay at the King Power stadium.

“He stays with us,” he said. “We wanted to keep all of our players. Of course N’Golo Kante had a clause and Chelsea paid that clause.

“Riyad does not have a clause and he stays with us.”

It is relative easy to put yourself out there as a source for transfer news, then use the vagaries of the market as an excuse when things don’t come off. Whether that’s the case here, we can’t say, but at least Favard’s being consistent with his talk of interest between Mahrez and Arsenal, so we’ll just have to see.

For now though, despite all the smoke and with Ranieri’s quotes in mind, we’re moving this to a 6 on the Poo-o-Meter.

Update: We’re going to go back with a £35m offer, apparently:

In a market in which Yannick Bolassie is going for £30m, that seems pretty far from the market value that Wenger said he was prepared to pay earlier when speaking about transfers.

That makes us more dubious than anything else.

Update: Turns out we were right to be dubious:

If I had any money I’d put it on Mahrez staying at Leicester now.

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Mayank
Mayank

Lets offer 50 million and ask them to wrap him up and deliver him right this evening.

JustAGooner
JustAGooner

I’m afraid we are gonna have Park Chu Yong-esque signing in the very last minutes.

Thaatarsenalguy
Thaatarsenalguy

Some people just want to see the world burn

Aaron
Aaron

Can anyone comment on reports Mahrez was seen checking into a hotel in Chelsea while Antonio Conte was also there?

Reeeeally hate to see him get signed by that lot

TR7 > CR7
TR7 > CR7

Mahrez would be so ridiculously good for us, I’ve got a little bit of hope that Wenger’s just playing the long game to get a better deal because it’s just such a no brainer.

TR7 > CR7
TR7 > CR7

@Aaron

I can confirm that it should be very clear to Mahrez that Chelsea are a pack of cunts and they don’t even have champion’s league football.

Ckmgma
Ckmgma

No but his mate Kante is there probably telling him to join.

Ken
Ken

That’s the first initial offer you make if you’re trying to eventually settle at around 38m to 42m it makes sense. So we go back with a 36m offer and they’ll reject it and we’ll end up at 38m 39m or finally 41.5m and done. That’s how most transfers go but in this it might get up to 42 43 probably 45m but you never go in with your first offer or second offer with the full amount you hope to agree on. Negotiation 101

Dan Hunter
Dan Hunter

I have just read that they will accept nothing less than 50m. So come on Wenger, £50m plus a £1 for old times sake. Or better yet, 40m plus Theo Walcott…

midgunner
midgunner

ha, the offer seems a little on the light side – even for us!

SB
SB

That gives me believe that we did make that bid 🙂

Do I have belief that we would get our man / match Leicester’s expectation, is a separate Q.

Xxxrob
Xxxrob

I’m not convinced that alexis is the answer up top for us but perhaps Arsene is and therefore is signing a replacement winger. Personally I think we needed a wide forward, a striker and a CB from this window.
Xhaka was a nice bonus really if you factor in Santi and Jack being available again (I know, Jack and available don’t usually go in the same sentence unfortunately).

I hope we get those three positions sorted but at this point every day the window stays open our rivals get stronger.

Chamakh
Chamakh

Agree but Xhaka is more than a bonus signing. This team has lacked a deep lying playmaker with defensive skills and leadership for a long time now. Xhaka is exactly what Arsenal needed. Because of injuries the CB position is more of a priority now than it was in the beginning of the summer though. Mahrez would be a bonus and as mentioned would probably mean that Alexis is played as a striker. Still not 100% conic fed that Mahrez is not just a one season wonder. Would still be good value in today’s market.

Chuck
Chuck

Was thinking that if Leicester drop some points before the window closes they may be more inclined to sell. But since they’re playing Hull and Swansea and we don’t have any defenders I decided to come up with a new plan.

Wenger's Prefrontal Cortex
Wenger's Prefrontal Cortex

Sounds like a plan to me Monsieur.

Toure Motors
Toure Motors

If we’re actually in for him then its time to deliver

#aha
#aha

Put in the 45 mil bid already!

J-Jizzle
J-Jizzle

For the love of God make another first team signing already!

Bob Davis

Give Leicester the money they want for him. This deal should have been tied up weeks ago.

Rogerbij
Rogerbij

Really hard to see this Mahrez deal going through, and Arsenal would have to offer stupid money to turn Leicester’s head. They dont need the money, they are in the CL, they are PL champions, he doesnt have a release clause, and he isnt massively agitating for a move. Would Wenger offer stupid money? Well, we havent for a striker yet… and havent in years. Comeon, I love to be wrong about good things!

Ooooh Ahhhh Ray Parlour
Ooooh Ahhhh Ray Parlour

No fucking about, if this is true, just get it done quick. We have looked like amateurs for far too long.
Still hope Gnabry gets a chance & new deal too.

Jim A
Jim A

From the Sun?

*presses buzzer*

Next.

DR
DR

Tbf to Leicester, 30mn Pounds is a joke of a bid for Mahrez. Even Mané went for 35.

The Playmaker
The Playmaker

Bolasie went for 30 mil

Arsenalfanman
Arsenalfanman

Yeah, no shit £30 million isn’t enough. After claiming to understand the insanity of the current market, we sure as hell aren’t acting like we understand.

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

time to ratchet up the pressure, Arsenal style

“£30,000,001 should do it, Mr Kronke”

“Ivan, you’re a genius. Go for it”

etc

Matt
Matt

Who knows if this is true; in any case bringing a good CB is absolutely imperative right now

BigDave
BigDave

Has anyone got David Dein’s telephone number? He’ll know what to do to wrap up Mharez and Mustafi within 24 hours.

Alexstratz
Alexstratz

One of the latest tweets from Gilles Favard says we have now bid £35m. Now he says Mahrez is close to Arsenal. The shitstorm coming at him if nothing happens.

Mootilated
Mootilated

35m??? Hahahaha.

Adam
Adam

Mahrez is plan B. Madness is plan A.

siserio
siserio

Slimani anyone?

Little Mozart
Little Mozart

As it stands, signings are needed to try and add some balance. The squad has great chemistry and is full of players desperate for opportunities, but we need players that will challenge our star players too. Mahrez, Lacazette and Mustafi would probably do that.

Greg
Greg

What makes you say the squad has great chemistry?

Tom
Tom

30m is just embarrassing when you consider what other players are going for now! I get the feeling Arsene likes winding up clubs with piss-poor bids, offending them to the point that they won’t do business with us at any price and he has an excuse to rummage in the bargain bucket or dig out the infamous “internal solutions”…

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

Swap deal – Theo + a pair of boots Arteta forgot to take with him + a DVD of Bergkamp’s testimonial match and the loose change from the tips jar in the training ground canteen

That should do it

C’mon Stan, you know you need a negotiator who can play hardball. I’m ready.

Albioff
Albioff

I always wonder how much time it really takes to sign a player. Take Mustafi, Valencia need to sell due to FFP, and he has a £50m release clause. You call them and say: “Look, I could offer £25m but don’t want to be greedy, let’s make £30m”. They say: “Ok, thank you sir”. Boom, done deal. And we wouldn’t have to play the first game of the season at home with two teenagers.

Arsenal's Vardy
Arsenal's Vardy

Sooo..what are we trying to prove?

Espen
Espen

41m to Mahrez, take it or leave it.

We need a defender as well Mr Wenger!

Ormey88
Ormey88

Tried to give it 4 poops because I want to believe.. “Poop not sent” :'(

OliNorfBank
OliNorfBank

Ornstein said there’s no Arsenal interest in Mahrez and I know who I believe

Wilshere's good fibula
Wilshere's good fibula

Oh f them! Table 50m and bring James Rodriguez.

Ducks sake
Ducks sake

Don’t table. Swoop! Or some other daft transfer phrase.

Greg
Greg

No truth what so ever

Our opening offers are so insulting the selling club tell us to fuck off and then sell elsewhere

Matt Scarbro
Matt Scarbro

Couldn’t bring myself to poop on this story!

Petit's Handbag
Petit's Handbag

We’re not signing anyone. Let’s just get over it, not make signs out of frosties boxes and support who we have. No infighting, let’s just turn up and support the team. For once

Why not
Why not

I like mr handbag.

Although i think we probably will see a signing. Despite all the whinging on here.

The Playmaker
The Playmaker

If we’re not signing anyone, they should reduce the ticket prices.

Sideshow _bob
Sideshow _bob

Lol this guy writes “Le Spectre” before every tweet. What a guy ? Have no idea who he is but people on Twitter say he is not reliable

Trini Gooner
Trini Gooner

I’ve never commented as I usually just lurk around but the vibrations around the team and indeed on the blogs as well are generally erring on the negative side.

I, like most of us, am generally becoming disenchanted with the manner in which the “club” handles the transfers and the players we already have, in terms of injuries and rehabilitation. We seem to have a much greater difficulty in keeping people fit as well as just getting them in the door than other clubs but that’s a different discussion. In my mind, I think it’s time we separate “club” and “Wenger”.

I think we can all agree that Mr. Arsene is a proud man. He believes in his philosophies and is very staunch in those beliefs. However, I refuse to let myself believe further that he is okay with the mediocrity of finishing fourth every year. I think it frustrates him just as much, if not more than all of us. While he may determine the players he wants, I believe his hand is forced in who he targets because they are tied when it comes to the freedom to splash. Yes, I believe that the board is the real reason that we can’t go out and say “You! You score goals and lots of them. Here’s 80 mil, let’s go to your new home”.

A proud man will never be okay with simply watching his legacy get dragged through the mud. No one lacks ambition after tasting silverware to not try to do it again. Our manager is an economist, surely he of all people would already know that the right investments in the squad would be able to pay great dividends in future. It’s just our board probably won’t allow it because as it stands, we have a magician of a manager capable of making any ragtag band of misfits qualify for the CL.

No, Wenger isn’t the culprit. I believe he loves the club enough to keep saying what the board wants to hear because as long as the board operates in this manner, he believes in his own ability above other managers to keep this club afloat. Therefore, maybe it’s time we bring some positivity back into the Emirates. We need to support our current group instead of allowing our pervasive energy to sap away their confidence and ability. Imagine being told you’re not good enough by thousands of people every time you happen to poorly control a pass or concede a less than ideal goal. Most of us would crumble under the pressure, regardless of our wage. Should we sign a someone/s (and we definitely NEED a CB) then fantastic, we welcome them to a place of unfaltering support.

When the season opener comes around, I hope we look as beautiful as the night we played Bayern at home, the Emirates support looked incredible. Surely, players like the Ox, Wilshere, Walcott, Ramsey (from a goalscoring perspective), Debuchy and Gibbs all have quality that hasn’t been shown on a consistent enough basis and can benefit from a bit of support and love. Now is the time for them to show up and save us because if they don’t, we won’t continue to have the likes of Alexis, Ozil or Xhaka in the squad. Those players want to at least compete and we can’t do that if the fans don’t believe and the squad has a negative atmosphere to play in.

I have more to say but I’ve probably said more than enough for now. (my bad)

A Gorilla
A Gorilla

Well said that man! Sense coming from T&T

Anup
Anup

Couldn’t agree more!

Greg
Greg

Yes to the support in the stadium

No to the excuses for aw

Trini New Jersey Gooner
Trini New Jersey Gooner

Well said my Brother. Like we say back home Man: Win, Draw, or Lose. Arsenal all de way! One love to my Arsenal people.

shokim
shokim

How about £35,000,001? We don’t want to appear too…frugal. *gets coat*

Wenger's coat
Wenger's coat

Ffs still got 3 weeks till transfer window shuts,plenty of time to sign the 3 player’s needed (minimum) and if not, then get behind the mighty Arsenal for the coming season COYG

Bennis Dergkamp
Bennis Dergkamp

I’m actually pooping lava right now as I read this. Blogs, have you gone for an “augmented reality” poop rating system?

SoCal Gooner
SoCal Gooner

Ooh Arsenal fans… SMH.

The last I checked Mahrez was at the Chelsea training ground taking pictures.

The Great Ex-Priest Tobin
The Great Ex-Priest Tobin

30m, token bid by Wenger. Arsene clearly doesn’t give a shit anymore so long as he can collect his fat salary and give pretentious interviews about how he is a facilitator of the beauty in mankind or whatever narcisstic rubbish his mind is spinning up these days.

APP
APP

I beginning to think that it is Madness to believe in Madness….

What is Madness?
Lewandowski, Greizmann – Hard to see this happening
Icardi – Not really madness but decent
Mahrez – thinking of buying him at 30 million is Madness

Would like to see Mahrez come in & Alexis move upfront…but best case I think we will get Bony and Mustafi/Evans….been disappointed too many times before to believe in Madness…

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

In a world where Andy Carroll cost Liverpool £35 million five years ago Mahrez must be worth £50 million.
Why does this stupid nonsense happen every year? Everyone knows forwards tend to cost more and, although it should never have had to be viewed that way, £30 million is a pitiful sum for the PFA player of the year.

GoonerTan
GoonerTan

Peter Cech (GK).. Monreal (Lb), Koscielny (Cb), Gabriel (Cb), Bellerin (Rb)…. Xhaka (Cm), Coquelin (Cm)…
Ozil (Lam), Cazola (Cam), Mahrez (Ram)…. Alexis (Cf)…

alek
alek

I feel it’s just another play from Mahrez agent to get as much as he can from an improved agreement with Leicester 🙁

Tony g
Tony g

Come on Arsene, they were never going to accept 30m…

mo974
mo974

I think it’s all fake rumours. Journalists seem to be frustrated with Arsene just like some fans. He gives nothing away, on who he really wants and that create speculation. He wanted Lacazette that’s for sure and Vardy. Don’t know about Mahrez. Look like its’ the Mahrez camp who want a transfer or put pressure on Leicester for better wages for him.Get a CB it’s more urgent.
COYG!

Glocken
Glocken

If Mahrez doesn’t have a release clause then you are looking at a minimum of 50 million to get him, that’s the reality of the market.

Considering we have Ox, Theo (I know), Campbell, Gnabry & The Jeff who can all play right attacker/midfielder i’d be surprised if we went that high, you’d certainly have to sell one if not two of the above and I also don’t see that happening.

Whatever money we do have (and it’s a lot) should go into a quality central defender and striker, they are the pressing areas.

Arsetronomy
Arsetronomy

This is like a bird with a huge cleavage bending over to pour your drink, and Mahrez is the tittehz, and she gives you a wink and fucks off. FUCK!

Errr!
Errr!

The sad thing is that we will never match Man Utd etc because we have a small club mentality. Man U have been crap for 3 seasons and aren’t in the CL and yet the best players want to go there because they think big, and the can pay the money because their investments generate sponsorships and shirt sales etc. We think small and will always be small. If we drop put of the CL, we’ll turn into another Everton and be left way behind the elite.

Lexzy
Lexzy

It’ll be a miracle if we sign anybody else in this window. The kind of players we want will have to be replaced by their clubs before they agree to sell. We are only 2 or at most 3 players from maintaining a proper league title challenge. We might differ in our reasons for this being so, AW not willing to spend or the Board tacitly not backing AW with funds. However, another factor is AW’s loyalty to his current players. His faith in them restrict him from being decisive during transfer windows.

Demand
Demand

Why do we bid 30 for an attacker? It’s quite delusional to think we can sign a prime player with that little.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

We didn’t, it’s all lies