Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is a big fan of Riyad Mahrez, but he was “never close” to signing the winger from Leicester City.
Riyad Mahrez was heavily linked with the Gunners at the start of the transfer window after publicly announcing that he wants to leave the King Power Stadium.
Rumours of Mahrez joining Arsenal have gone quiet over the past month or so, with Roma now understood to be on the brink of signing him, and Wenger claims that he saw no real reason to make an offer.
‘We have not made a bid for him but personally I like the player,’ the Gunners manager said of the 2015/16 PFA Player of the Year.
‘Have we made a bid for him? No. Not yet. Not yet means it could happen, it could not happen.’
It would appear however that any potential move is off after Wenger explained he already had enough options similar to Mahrez.
‘We were never close [to a deal],’ Wenger is quoted by The Independent. ‘I rate him as a player but we have similar types with Alex Iwobi, Mesut Ozil and now Jack Wilshere back.
‘We have plenty of the same type of player.’