Riyad Mahrez stunned Leicester City fans on Tuesday afternoon – releasing a statement outlining his intention to leave the club, according to BBC Sport.
The Algerian has been linked with a Leicester exit ever since winning the Player of the Year award and helping the Foxes secure the Premier League title in 2016. Now, however, the forward has taken what was previously mere speculation to the next level.
But, if the 26-year-old does end up leaving the King Power Stadium, who should sign him?
A matter of weeks ago, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher asked a key question of Spurs: who could Mauricio Pochettino add to his ranks that is essentially better than Moussa Sissoko?
Mahrez may have provided Carragher with a direct answer. Tottenham enjoyed another superb campaign last season but who better to help them progress than one of the few men to finish above them in the last two years?
The Leicester man can add extra depth out wide for Spurs and, like Heung-Min Son, could be equally useful starting or coming off the bench.
If Tottenham can negotiate a reasonable fee, Mahrez seems like a safe bet. His Champions League form last term, too, is something the north London side could benefit from.
Much has been made of the Blues’ FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal last Saturday.
Antonio Conte’s men ran away with the league title but that loss at Wembley proved there is still room for improvement as Chelsea seek dominance at the summit of English football.
Conte used a relatively small number of players in the Premier League and, to cope with the addition of European football next term, Chelsea will undoubtedly need to boost their numbers. Mahrez provides an intriguing option.
The 26-year-old could slot in in a similar role to Pedro or Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge, while also providing competition for Victor Moses at right-wing back.
Like with Tottenham, the fact Mahrez has also produced in the Champions League would be of huge use to Conte and his men.
With a large transfer kitty likely to be available ahead of the defence of their Premier League title, Chelsea would be wise to spend some of it on a quality addition like Mahrez.
Unlike Arsenal or Liverpool – two sides already filled with creative talents – Manchester United need far more in an attacking sense next season. That’s why United have been linked with the likes of Ivan Perisic already this summer.
Mahrez would certainly add the creativity Manchester United are looking for.
Jose Mourinho desperately needs to add goals: Mahrez scored 10 for Leicester last term (all competitions), registering five assists in the process, and netted 17 times in his previous Premier League campaign.
That season, he also notched 11 assists in the league.
With the Leicester forward, Manchester United would be getting a healthy balance of a player eager to perform but not necessarily able to make demands about game time. Mahrez would provide competition at Man United – and add a much-needed spark to their front line.
Who should Riyad Mahrez join this summer?
Written by Timothy Poole
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