Arsenal have allegedly returned to the Leicester City negotiating table as Arsene Wenger has bid £25m for Riyad Mahrez just days after activating a release clause in Jamie Vardy's contract.
A PFA Players Player of the Year winner for the 2015/16 Premier League season, Mahrez piqued the interest of football fans across the world thanks to his consistently high-quality displays in the attacking midfield position for the Foxes.
The 25-year-old frequently played on the right flank, but was also deployed in a central role and even on the left, contributing 130 dribbles, 67 key passes, 11 assists and 17 goals from 85 shots attempted in 37 appearances.
Because of the nature of Leicester City's triumph in the Premier League, claiming an elusive title after only narrowly avoiding relegation the season before, interest in the club's top players was always expected.
Arsenal have, of course, already bid £20m for Jamie Vardy and are understood to have offered a tempting £120,000 per week offer to the Englishman, and are now offering £25m for Mahrez, according to transfer guru Tancredi Palmeri.
Mahrez had previously been linked with La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, but only the Gunners have made a move.
The Daily Express claim that meetings have already taken place between the player's representatives and Gunners officials.
One would presume that a deal with Mahrez could positively impact Vardy, who may be likelier to transfer to North London if a player he enjoyed such a strong partnership with last season also made the switch.
Wenger has been busy in the close season as the summer transfer window has not yet officially opened but the Frenchman has already secured the acquisition of highly-fancied former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka.
Arsenal have also been linked with Juventus misfit Alvaro Morata, Borussia Dortmund creative midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Wolfsburg full back Ricardo Rodriguez and Napoli centre back Kalidou Koulibaly.