Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez has revealed how he came close to joining Arsenal in 2016.
The Algerian international star talked about his close transfer to Arsenal in his latest interview with France Football as he narrated how Leicester City blocked the move against his wish.
Riyad Mahrez had just helped Leicester City to a miraculous title triumph in the Premier League during the 2015/16 season and was keen to leave the Foxes for a bigger club like Arsenal only for the Leicester City officials to kick against the transfer.
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According to him, he wasted two years of his productive football life at Leicester City when he could have spent it at a bigger club.
Premier League champions Manchester City were the next big club to try and whisk Riyad Mahrez away from Leicester City.
The Citizens initially met resistance in January 2018 before their endeavor finally paid off last summer when he joined Manchester City from Leicester City for a then club-record fee of £60m and that has been slightly eclipsed by the Rodri transfer from Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid to Manchester City this summer.
Rodri joined Manchester City in a deal worth £62m thus making the transfer the new record.