Roma are set to make a substantial offer for Leicester City winger, Riyad Mahrez, but the Algerian international has said he would prefer a move to either Arsenal or Barcelona.

The Giallorossi are set to table a bid of around £30.7m for the 26-year-old and Mahrez could be tempted with a move to the Stadio Olimpico due to the lack of activity by his two preferred suitors for his services.

According to Goal, if the 2015/16 PFA Player of the Year does tell the Foxes he wants to leave for the Italian capital, the club would grant him permission to leave - he has already submitted a formal transfer request.

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The reported offer for Mahrez does not meet Leicester's £50m valuation - which was quoted to the Gunners - but due to their preference for Monaco's Thomas Lemar, Craig Shakespeare's side may seek to cash in as soon as possible.

Barca have expressed an interest in the last 12 months but the re-signing of Gerard Deulofeu should see them abandon any pursuit.

Roma's new sporting director, Monchi, has already spoken to the Algerian winger's agent and is hoping he can tempt him to make the move to Serie A, with the club already qualified for the Champions League group stages.


The Italian capital club are desperate to add to their forward line after losing their star man, Mohamed Salah, to Liverpool in a £37m deal.

Mahrez would be an admirable replacement and the Leicester man would likely be keen on working with Roma's talisman, Edin Dzeko, who scored 29 league goals in 2016/17.