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Barcelona line-up shock move for in-form Arsenal transfer target

Barcelona have set their sights on in-form Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez according to the Daily Mail.

The 24-year-old Algerian international has been in fine form this season, netting four goals in four appearances, and has been pivotal in Claudio Ranieri’s side’s superb start to the Premier League campaign.

The Daily Mail believe Mahrez is seen as a possible replacement for Pedro, who was sold to Chelsea, although given that Barcelona will welcome Arda Turan into their first team in January, it remains to be seen whether they will also need the Algeria international.

Pedro was already playing something of a bit-part role in Luis Enrique’s first-team plans, with Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar being the Barcelona manager’s preferred attacking weapons, and as such, there is seemingly no urgent need to bring in further reinforcements.

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The Daily Mail also state that Arsenal are tracking Mahrez, who moved to the King Power Stadium from Le Havre in January 2014, with Arsene Wenger said to be keeping an eye on the French born wide-man.

The source goes on to state that other possible alternatives to Mahrez include Man City’s Jesus Navas, who will find his first-team starting spot under threat following the signing of Kevin de Bruyne from Wolfsburg, and Celta Vigo’s Nolito.

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