Arsene Wenger admits Riyad Mahrez interest
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is interested in pursuing the services of Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez following a failed approach last year.
The Algeria international enjoyed a top campaign with the Foxes during the 2015/16 season as his 17 goals guided the club to a maiden Premier League title.
However, he failed to come up with a similar showing last term as he bagged just six goals en route to a disappointing season for the east Midlands club.
In an interview with BeIN Sports, Wenger has confirmed that the 26-year-old is indeed in his transfer shortlist, but his club have yet to lodge an attempt to pursue his signature.
"We have not made a bid, but personally, I like the player, yes," Wenger told beIN Sports. "I think he made a huge impact when they won the championship."
The long-standing manager also felt that a single season would not determine the overall quality of the player, and this makes him a viable target for Arsenal ahead of this summer's transfer window.
Mahrez had been the subject of a £35m bid from the FA Cup holders last term before he committed his future to Leicester on a new four-year deal.
He has, however, recently released a statement stating his desire to move on after helping the club through a somewhat transition phase following a miraculous league run.