Arsenal target subject of crucial talks as Premier League rivals plot way to keep star

Leicester City officials will reportedly meet in Los Angeles on Monday to work out a way of keeping Riyad Mahrez this summer.

The Algerian international was crucial to the club’s success last season, as his 17 goals and 10 assists in the Premier League led to the Foxes winning the title as he picked up the PFA player of the year award.

However, his future has been a topic of significant discussion this summer, and according to Sky Sports, the club’s owners and other officials will hold a summit in LA to discuss the future of Mahrez in particular, as well as other influential first-team players.

Claudio Ranieri has already lost N’Golo Kante this summer, with the French international opting to join Chelsea. In turn, he’ll be desperate to keep the rest of his squad intact and that is ultimately the basis of the meeting.

According to Eurosport, Mahrez has already chosen to join Arsenal and will await a deal being struck between the two clubs before making the move to the Emirates.

In contrast, Ranieri insisted after the International Champions Cup game against Celtic on Saturday that he believes that his influential winger will stay.

With conflicting reports and so much uncertainty, Leicester officials will now look to thrash out plans to offer other key players such as Kasper Schmeichel and Danny Drinkwater new contracts.

Despite winning the Premier League title and qualifying for the Champions League, the Foxes appear to be under significant pressure to keep their current group of players together, which will certainly be seen as a shame by many neutrals as well as the club’s own supporters.

Nevertheless, with the meeting taking place as pre-season continues, they will look to find solutions to their problems and in turn secure the futures of Mahrez and Co with the 25-year-old undoubtedly top of the agenda for now.

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