AS Roma won’t make another offer for Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez, their Director of Football Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo has told.
Roma had a second bid worth £27 million rejected the other day, following which, they have decided not to make a third bid. Their initial offer was a mere £20 million.
Among the other interested clubs are North London enemies Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur; however, none of the two sides has made any formal approach for differing reasons.
While the Gunners are still pursuing AS Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, Spurs are waiting for Leicester City to drop their asking price, which is still standing at a mad £50 million.
"“We’re not just working on one name,” Roma’s Monchi said. “It’s logical, we have different options.“In the case of Mahrez it’s become public knowledge, with others it hasn’t. We’ve made two offers, the second is fair and then we stopped.“I do not know (how likely a deal is), there is not a measurement for these things. Mahrez is one option, yes, but he is not the only one – and after the last offer we are ready to look at other possibilities.”"
Roma’s decision to not increase their offer anymore makes matters worse for Riyad Mahrez, who, despite still going well at Leicester City, won’t want to extend his stay at the King Power Stadium beyond the summer.
The Algerian has scored two goals in four outings so far – one against West Bromwich Albion and the other against Luton Town – with both proving to be decisive in the end.
Whatever happens, Craig Shakespeare must be looking to resolve the issue quickly. With just two weeks to go before City’s season opener against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, it’s a problem that Shakespeare won’t want to still be at the back of his mind.
It’d be wise at this moment to lower their asking price and let the 26-year old at the right time, or else, it could get uglier.
Leicester City and Riyad Mahrez would be in action again this evening as they face Wolverhampton Wanderers.