Tottenham plotting to swoop in for long term Arsenal target

Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez has made it clear to the Foxes that he wants to leave them this summer, and it seems the Algerian may be spoilt for choice as more teams inquire about his availability.

The latest in a long line of suitors is Tottenham Hotspur. The Lillywhites have not made any new signings so far as the new season gets close to opening day, but they have asked to be informed of the situation of things with Mahrez.

Spurs bitter London rivals Arsenal had appeared to be the likeliest destination for Mahrez, but for one reason or another that move has failed to materialise and it looks like Tottenham are now closer to signing the former player of the year than the Gunners.

Leicester City rejected a bid from AS Roma for the Algerian last week even though they initially denied it, as they want close to £50 million for the transfer of his signature. Tottenham would not pay that amount and are playing the waiting game until close to the end of the transfer window when the price would have been brought down.

Tottenham’s first choice is Everton’s Ross Barkley, but they would not pay the Toffees asking price which is similar to Mahrez’s, especially with the England international having just a year left on his current deal.

AS Roma are expected to return with another offer for the Algerian as they want him to replace Liverpool new boy Mohammed Salah.