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RIYAD MAHREZ has handed in a transfer request at Leicester, with Arsenal his preferred destination.
However, Manchester City appear in place to bid for the winger.
Mahrez tried to quit Leicester last summer but could not secure a move away from the King Power.
But the Algeria international is still keen on quitting the 2016 Premier League champions.
He has left the move very late and has handed in a transfer request with just over 24 hours of the window remaining.
Express Sport understands Arsenal are his top choice.
However, the Gunners are currently working on a £55.5million deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and may shy away from another January deal.
RIYAD MAHREZ WANTS TO JOIN ARSENAL – EXCLUSIVE