4 Potential Destinations for Riyad Mahrez If He Leaves Leicester This Summer

Reigning Premier League champions Leicester City have failed to replicate anything close to their heroic domestic performance last season which saw them stun the sporting world and instead have faced a relegation battle throughout the whole season. As a result of their slump this season, the Foxes will yet again have to fend off a number of Europe's elites from snapping up skilful winger Riyad Mahrez despite him signing a new contract in the summer of 2016. Here are 4 potential destinations...

Chelsea

With Eden Hazard being heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer, Antonio Conte bringing in Mahrez as his replacement would be near-perfect business if he can reach the heights of last season.


Should Hazard stay at Stamford Bridge, Conte could still sign the Algerian as a replacement for Pedro - who although has had a rather successful season on the right hand side of the Blues attack - turns 30 years old in July.

Barcelona

The attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar has set La Liga and Europe on fire over the last 2-3 years. However, when either one of them are injured or missing the Catalan giants tend to struggle to replace them adequately. 


Barcelona signing Mahrez would add significant strength to their attacking depth and would enhance more rotation keeping all their attacking players fresh. 


However, with Neymar recently admitting he'd love to play in the Premier League one day, Mahrez could find himself cementing a starting position alongside Suarez and Messi. 

Real Madrid

Nowadays you'll never hear of Barcelona being interested in a superstar and their title rivals Real Madrid not wanting him too. Rather surprisingly, a move to the Santiago Bernabéu is one of the more realistic moves for Mahrez. 


Mr. Madrid himself Cristiano Ronaldo is now 32 and although he's showing no clear signs of declining, Zinedine Zidane will be 'quietly' looking for his successor - hence the reports of a £100m move for Chelsea's Eden Hazard. 


With Chelsea being one of Europe's elites and a force to reckon with again, negotiations for such a transfer will be tough hence raiding Leicester City for Mahrez may would be a perfect plan B. 

Arsenal

Arséne Wenger tried to lure away Mahrez from the Champions last summer and failed to do so, but with the attacking talents of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain yet to commit their long-term future to the club ahead of their contracts expiring in 2018, snapping up Mahrez would be a no-brainer. 


One thing Arsenal have lacked over the years (excluding Alexis Sanchez) is goal-scoring winger and as proven last season with 17 goals in 39 appearances, the Algerian is capable of doing that.

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