Riyad Mahrez Leaves Algeria Camp To Complete Mystery Transfer

Heading to Arsenal? Riyad Mahrez leaves Algeria squad to compete Deadline Day transfer

Riyad Mahrez has been allowed to leave the Algeria squad to "formalise" his move from Leicester City, according to the Algerian Football Federation (FAF).

Spanish clubs have an extra day to complete player recruitment, with the transfer deadline not until 2200 GMT Friday.

Mahrez had initially hoped to sign for Barcelona, but their lack of interest put Chelsea in the front seat to pursue his services.

Facing the prospect of losing Oxlade-Chamberlain on a free transfer next year, Arsenal chose to cash in and Liverpool announced his transfer on Thursday on a "long-term" deal.

It's claimed Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea are still "attentive" to the Leicester City player's situation, despite a deal now looking unlikely.

Mahrez, 27, caused plenty of intrigue earlier today when then Algerian FA revealed he was released by the national team ahead of their World Cup qualifier in Zambia.

The Algerian's future has been subject to intense speculation this season especially after he made it clear that he wanted a transfer.

Leicester meanwhile insist they have not received a bid in over three weeks for Mahrez, and no new bids have been received in the last few hours.

The Foxes could be set to replace the Algerian worldwide with Andros Townsend and one bookmaker has priced them at evens to sign the Palace winger.

The Algerian was crowned PFA Player of the Year after guiding Leicester to the league title in 2016 but struggled last season as the Foxes finished 12th.

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