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ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger has revealed the club are not pursuing a deal for Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez.
Arsenal were keen to sign Mahrez last summer after he fired Leicester to the most unlikeliest of Premier League triumphs.
However, the Algeria international ended up staying put – though toiled amid a difficult campaign under both Claudio Ranieri and Craig Shakespeare last season.
Mahrez now wants to leave the King Power Stadium after growing tired with life at the Foxes.
Arsenal, as well as north London rivals Tottenham, have both been linked with summer swoops as they aim to mount a title charge this forthcoming season.
Mahrez has even been touted as a potential replacement for Gunners star Alexis Sanchez, who continues to be pursued by Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
But Wenger has now put to bed any chances of the 26-year-old moving to the Emirates.
“We were never close… I rate him as a player but we have similar types with [Alex] Iwobi and [Jack] Wilshere back,” he said.
“[With] Ozil [too], we have plenty of the same type of players.”
Mahrez is also being chased by Serie A giants Roma.
And, speaking yesterday, the club’s sporting director Monchi confirmed the club had made a huge offer for the Leicester ace.
“At the moment, the club is very close to the limit and I believe our offer is very significant,” he said.
“If my memory does not deceive me, the last offer we made would make it the most expensive purchase in the history of the club.
“We are not making any effort to sign the player, but at the moment we are still waiting on a positive result. At the same time, we are working on other solutions.
“He has said publicly [that he wants to leave] but I think he also respects his club, and rightly so.”