Speculation has been growing around Riyad Mahrez’s future at Leicester City, with the intricate Algerian winger hinting in recent months towards a potential exit from the King Power stadium.
Premier League suitors, including Arsenal and Chelsea, have allegedly sounded their interest in the Foxes’ illusive attacker, although it appears that competition has surfaced from abroad – according to a report published by Italian outlet La Gazetta Dello Sport – with serial Serie A champions Juventus surfacing as a strong contender for his sought-after services.
It’s said that the Turin-based titans are in the market for a player to occupy the left-wing, and Craig Shakespeare’s key man supposedly fits the bill for Max Allegri’s triumphant fold.
The prospect of Champions League football is also believed to excite Leicester’s Mahrez, after an impressive season for the Blues on the continent during the 2016-17 campaign saw the former Premier League champions progress to the quarter-finals of the coveted European tournament.
Juve were duly thrashed 4-1 by Real Madrid in this season’s Champions League final in Cardiff, although with Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal missing out on the privilege last term – one which had formally stood year in, year out for 20 years – Max Allegri’s squad may emerge as the preferred option.
Mahrez, however, has failed to hit the dizzying heights which had saw him named the PFA Player of the Year during the enigmatic 2015-16 season of which Leicester remarkably lifted the Premier League title, scoring 17 goals and offering 10 assists in the process.
Although with the dazzling winger’s talents seemingly dormant, it can’t be long until he rekindles his trademark performances which had originally gotten him noticed – be it remaining in the Premier League, or abroad.