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Barcelona and Arsenal Battle for Leicester City Forward Riyad Mahrez

Barcelona and Arsenal Battle for Leicester City Forward Riyad Mahrez

Eniola Awokoya

Eniola Awokoya

The Algeria Football Association has granted Leicester City forward Riyad Mahrez time away from the national team to enable him sort out his club future.

Algeria are also drawn in Group B of the CAF 2018 World Cup qualifiers and as Nigeria and Cameroon prepare for a double encounter, Algeria also prepares against Zambia, but the player is seemingly set to join another club following the latest development prompting the FA to let him go.

The Algerian FA through its Twitter handle, @socceralgeria, disclosed the decision to let Mahrez leave camp in the interest of his club career.

The FA tweeted that “Mahrez is allowed to go formalise his transfer to a new club,”.

Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona and North London side Arsenal have been linked with late moves for the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) award winner in the English Premier League in 2016 when Leicester won the title.

Barcelona sold Neymar to Paris Saint Germain and on Monday signed Ousmane Dembele from Borrusia Dortmund. But with Liverpool reluctant to sell influential playmaker Phillipe Countinho, Barca are reportedly keen now to settle for Mahrez.

Arsenal are said to have revived their interest in the Algerian with a possible departure of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City before the transfer deadline late tonight (Thursday).

Roma were initially linked with Mahrez earlier in the summer but were unwilling to meet Leicester’s valuation.