The Gunners have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Leicester City midfielder Miyad Mahrez after Spainish La Liga champions FC Barcelona ruled out a move for the £35m-rated Algerian, according to the Mirror. And a look at TonyBet Premier League Betting Odds show that the odds of the Algerian joining Arsenal has greatly reduced in the last three days.
Courtesy of his outstanding performance for Leicester in the League last season where his 17 goals fired Leicester to a surprising Premier League title triumph, the African became one of the most wanted players of the summer transfer window.
According to the Sun, Arsenal were set to fight-it-out with La Liga champions Barcelona after the Leicester playmaker reportedly snubbed a contract extension and declared that he wants to leave the King Power Stadium this summer.
But, it seems the Gunners have been handed a huge boost as the British tabloid the Mirror reported that Barcelona have ruled themselves out of the race, with sources close to the club telling the newspaper that they never intended to sign the Algerian international midfielder.
With uncertainty surrounding the future of England international winger Theo Walcott, Arsenal could sell him this summer transfer window for about £25m-£30m and use the fund received to sign Mahrez. The Mirror is suggesting that Leicester would sell the attacker for £35m.