This might be slightly controversial, but one of the biggest coups of the summer transfer window was Leicester NOT selling Riyad Mahrez.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
We don’t see why not.