Liverpool open talks with Coutinho successor, but attacker wants to join EPL rival

Liverpool have reportedly begun negotiations with Leicester City over a potential move for Riyad Mahrez, though the Algerian is said to favour a switch to Arsenal during the winter transfer window.

The 26-year-old was desperate to leave the King Power Stadium at the end of the previous campaign, but he eventually had to stay put after the Foxes failed to receive any suitable offers.

Since then, the Algerian has been in a purple patch with seven goals and as many as assists in the English top-flight, and his form has revived the interest in his services.

According to The Express, the Reds are in talks over a potential move for the former Le Havre graduate as they are looking to find a quick replacement for Philippe Coutinho.

Mahrez is one of the few players who are eligible to feature in this season’s Champions league, and this would favour the Reds greatly as they embark in the knockout phase, which starts in February.

However, the deal may not be straightforward as it seems with Mahrez said to be waiting on interest from the Gunners, though the club have yet to make any contact with the Foxes.

Arsenal are likely to move in for a potential successor for contract rebel Alexis Sanchez before the end of the month, but the Foxes’ £50m valuation could put them off from making an offer.


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