It may be that Arsenal have no choice but to pursue Mahrez instead, yet with Leicester demanding £15m more than the Gunners want to offer it remains to be see how likely a deal is on that front either.
Arsenal's move for Riyad Mahrez has been reportedly put on hold, with the Gunners unwilling to shell out £50 million to secure the summer deal. The Leicester City manager has already issued a public warning to the player he will be left out of the team if he shows a lack of commitment.
The 26-year-old returned to training for the first time on Friday after publicly stating he wants to leave the club last month. Beyond that Shakespeare said he is "open-minded" about selecting Mahrez.
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Thus, Mahrez is set to begin pre-season training with Leicester with a switch to the Emirates still some way off.
"We have to be professional with him but more importantly he has to be committed and I think he has to show supporters, staff and players that".
I know what Riyad is about, I know he's ambitious and I don't think there's anything wrong with any player having ambition'. "We haven't had any bids and if we don't have one, we've no decision to make".
"I've always had that decent relationship with him".
"We have to understand Riyad's concerns but while he is contracted to the football club, and while we've had no bids for him, which we haven't, he has to be professional and we have to be professional". But even though his performances were not up to the mark in the 2016/17 season, the player continues to attract interest from some of the biggest clubs in Europe.