Arsene Wenger has confirmed his interest in Riyad Mahrez.
The Arsenal boss has around £150million to spend this summer and has targeted the Premier League title having signed a new two-year deal.
As SunSport told, Wenger is set to make a £40m bid for the Algerian ace – who has demanded an exit from Leicester.
He is insistent that Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will not be sold this summer.
Wenger says that he is yet to make an opening offer for Mahrez but admitted he could table a bid could be imminent.
The Frenchman said: “We have not made a bid for him but personally I like the player, yes.
“I think he had a huge impact at Leicester when they won the championship, like everybody else.
“It’s been a different season this year but it doesn’t take anything away from his qualities.
“Have we made a bid for him? No. Not yet. Not yet means it could happen, it could not happen.”
Mahrez won the PFA player of the year award last year after helping the Foxes to the Premier League title, scoring 17 goals.
However, he only signed a new four-year deal in August – leaving Leicester in a strong bargaining position.
But he claims that he was assured he could leave the King Power provided he gave the Foxes one more year of service.
Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain are also thought to be keen on the winger, who was signed for just £400,000 from French outfit Le Havre.
Confirming his intention to leave last week, Mahrez said: “Out of the huge admiration and respect I hold for Leicester City Football Club I wanted to be totally honest and transparent with them and have therefore informed the club that I feel now is the time for me to move on.
“I had a good discussion with the Chairman last summer and we agreed at that time that I would stay for another year in order to help the club as best as I could following the transition of winning the title and in the Champions League.
“However, I am fiercely ambitious and feel that now is the time to move on to a new experience.
“I’ve always enjoyed a good relationship with the Chairman and everyone at the club, and I hope I have been able to repay the faith shown to me by my performances and commitment on the pitch during my time here.
“I’ve had the four best seasons of my career at Leicester and have loved every moment.
“I feel immense pride to have been a part of what we have achieved during my time at the club, culminating in becoming Premier League Champions.
“The relationship I share with the club and our amazing fans is something I will treasure forever and I truly hope they will understand and respect my decision.”