According to reports in The Telegraph this past day, Tottenham’s interest in Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez is set to grow as the Algerian international could be allowed to leave the Foxes this summer.
The report claims that Mahrez could be allowed to leave the King Power if Leicester agree to honour an agreement made last summer, which would permit the 26-year-old to find a new club.
It is believed that the Leicester winger is intent on playing Champions League football next season, and with the Foxes only just avoiding relegation this year there’s no possibility of that if he remains.
North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham look the current favourites to sign the midfielder – in a move that could be worth no less than £30 million – with Spurs showing previous interest in January.
Mahrez celebrated his 100th appearance for Leicester on Saturday – becoming the first Algerian footballer to do so in the Premier League – by scoring a solo effort in an emphatic win over Watford.
It is thought that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is looking to add to his options in the wide areas during the summer ahead of next season, and Mahrez now joins Wilfried Zaha on his wish-list.
Meanwhile, The Sun have claimed that Pochettino is targeting a replacement for Kyle Walker during the upcoming window and has been keeping an eye on Bournemouth’s Adam Smith.
With Walker’s future at White Hart Lane in jeopardy after an alleged fall-out with the Tottenham manager – resulting in omission from the starting eleven for both the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea and the North London derby win over Arsenal – the Argentine is already lining up his future options.
Smith has put in a string of impressive performances down on the South Coast this season as the Cherries secured their survival, making 34 appearances at right-back and creating five assists.
The 26-year-old signed a new deal at the Vitality Stadium last year that keeps him at Bournemouth until 2020, but his previous links to Spurs could provide too much temptation to resist.
Smith began his career at Tottenham and spent a six-year stint at White Hart Lane; although he only made a solitary appearance during this time, and this could make him reluctant to return.
The Sun have also reported that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has said that the work and funds being put into building the new White Hart Lane will not stop transfer activity this summer.
With the new stadium in the process of being built, concerns had been growing that the club would be tempted to sell some of their big players to claw back some money that has gone into the ground.
But Levy has now insisted he only hopes to strengthen the squad this summer, not weaken it.
Speaking at a meeting with the Supporters Trust, he reiterated that “the stadium issues had no bearing on transfer dealings” and that the main priority will always be “success on the field” for him.
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