The report claims that Leicester are among a number of clubs tracking the former Newcastle United man, and they will make a move for the player should Arsenal or Paris Saint-Germain sign Mahrez.
Jamie Vardy, N’Golo Kante, Kasper Schmeichel and Riyad Mahrez all have question marks regarding their future at the club, not least the latter who has seen his stock rise tenfold over the past 12 months.
Mahrez netted 17 times while adding a further 11 assists during Leicester’s title win, therefore it comes as little surprise to see top clubs interested in the 25-year-old’s services.
Losing him would be a disappointed for Leicester, yet one man who could soften the blow somewhat is free agent Ben Arfa following his wonderful campaign back in his native France with Nice.
The 29-year-old has an abundance of ability, yet injury problems and lack of consistent game-time meant spells at Newcastle and Hull City didn’t exactly go to plan for the former Marseille man.
Ben Arfa went in to rediscover his best form this past season, scoring 17 goals and adding a further six assists in 32 starts as he featured predominantly as a central attacking midfielder.
Leicester may not find a player as good as Mahrez on the cheap, yet as far as potential replacements go, Ben Arfa is very much like-for-like and seemingly ready to make his mark at a leading club.
With his short contract at Nice set to expire, he is certainly one of the best free agent signings on the market.