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Arsenal could complete their second summer signing by the end of this week.
The Gunners bolstered their squad earlier this month when they landed Bosnian full-back Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer from Schalke.
Now, Arsene Wenger could be set to splash his first cash of the summer, with Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez willing to give up on his dream move to Barcelona to secure a £35 million move to the Emirates stadium.
The Algerian winger was unable to recapture his scintillating 2015/16 form, last season. Image: PA
The Algerian endured a difficult campaign at the King Power stadium, last season, with the 2015/16 champions undergoing a turbulent season which saw title winning manager Claudio Ranieri sacked in February with the club hovering dangerously above the relegation zone.
Despite being voted as the PFA Player of The Season in 2016, Mahrez failed to recapture the form that helped inspire the Foxes to a historic Premier League title triumph, after initially turning down a move to the Gunners, last summer.
The 2016 PFA Player Of The Year will set the Gunners back £35 million. Images: PA
Now, with Barcelona, previously linked with Mahrez, focusing all their attentions on landing both Marco Verratti and Hector Bellerin, the Algerian has slipped from their radar, allowing Arsenal to swoop for the 26-year-old.
Sport are reporting that Mahrez will agree to the four-year deal the North London club are offering, with a £35 million deal set to be concluded within the week.
The only thing that could curtail the deal would be if Barca were to change their mind over Verratti or reach a dead end in their pursuit of PSG's Italian midfielder, although the Catalan club remain confident that a deal will be struck for the 24-year-old.
Riyad Mahrez is reportedly growing tired of waiting for Barcelona.- Coral (@Coral) June 26, 2017
A bit like I've almost given up hope of marrying Rihanna. pic.twitter.com/nLE0PjCObR
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