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Leicester turned down TWO major European clubs who came in for Riyad Mahrez over the summer 

The Foxes certainly have some balls

This might be slightly controversial, but one of the biggest coups of the summer transfer window was Leicester NOT selling Riyad Mahrez. 

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A host of top, top clubs were linked with the Algerian maestro over the summer months, with the 2015–16 PFA Players’ Player of the Year determined to join a club competing in the Champions League.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal were all touted as possible destinations.

In the end, he stayed put at the King Power stadium, contributing to two goals and four assists in the league this season.

Despite the summer interest, Mahrez remains with Leicester

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Despite the summer interest, Mahrez remains with Leicester

And according to Roma’s much-heralded sporting director ‘Monchi’, the Foxes not only turned down multiple offers from his club over the summer, but also turned their noses up at Barcelona too.

Monchi claims Roma and Barcelona were interested in the Algerian

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Monchi claims Roma and Barcelona were interested in the Algerian

Having sold the brilliant Mohamed Salah to Liverpool for a pretty-penny in June, Roma were after a like-for-like creative winger who was quick, left-footed and can score goals.

But unfortunately for them, Leicester refused to budge on his reported £50million asking price.

Barca reportedly made a late bid for the winger

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Barca reportedly made a late bid for the winger

Speaking to Italian sports outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, Monchi said: “We wanted a left-footed winger to replace Mohamed Salah and put it all on Mahrez, but the only reason he didn’t come was because the club wouldn’t sell.

“It’s not an excuse, they said no to Barcelona too.”

Monchi is renowned for being one of the games best directors of football

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Monchi is renowned for being one of the games best directors of football

Mahrez has struggled to replicate the form he showed during Leicester’s title-winning 2015-16 season, but has been one of the club’s standout performers in recent weeks.

He currently boasts a 7.16 rating on WhoScored, while he current totals 56 points on Dream Team.

Barcelona material?

We don’t see why not.