Breaking: Riyad Mahrez is as good as done, announcement imminent

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ARSENAL could be set to turn their attention back to Riyad Mahrez – after Roma pulled the plug on a move for the Leicester star.

Mahrez has been viewed as a back up option for Thomas Lemar by Arsenal but they looked to be losing out to Roma.

But Roma have today pulled out of the race for the Algeria ace.

And with the Lemar deal dragging, and reports the move would collapse if Kylian Mbappe seals a move away from Monaco, Arsenal could return for Mahrez, according to the Sun.

Arsene Wenger has spoken publicly about Mahrez in the past and hinted a move was possible in June.

“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.

“Like at everybody else at Leicester, this season has been more challenging, but it doesn’t take away from his qualities.”

And now the Sun claim Arsenal have a clear run at Mahrez with the Foxes wanting £50m.

Mahrez is keen to quit the King Power Stadium after a disappointing title defence last term.

And Roma sporting director Monchi has revealed the club are now looking at other options.

Monchi told Italian media: “I’m optimistic by nature but the truth is Roma did everything possible to buy the player.

“He would have been the most expensive player in Roma’s history but up until now we haven’t received any positive feedback from the other side.

“The offer we made was an important one but the priority isn’t just Mahrez because we’ve done everything necessary – now we’re looking around for other players.”

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