Chelsea are reportedly monitoring Riyad Mahrez’s situation at Leicester City after the winger declared his intention to leave the club this summer according to a report on Evening Standard.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wanted Napoli star Dries Mertens, but the Belgium international signed a contract extension at the end of May to stay at the Serie A club until 2020.
Mahrez scored 17 goals and set up another 11 during Leicester’s 2015/16 title winning season but the 26-year-old struggled to maintain his good form last season.
Mahrez confirmed his intention to leave Leicester City this summer in May.
“Out of the huge admiration and respect I hold for Leicester City Football Club I wanted to be totally honest and transparent with them and have therefore informed the club that I feel now is the time for me to move on,” Mahrez said.
“I had a good discussion with the Chairman last summer and we agreed at that time that I would stay for another year in order to help the club as best as I could following the transition of winning the title and in the Champions League.
“However, I am fiercely ambitious and feel that now is the time to move on to a new experience.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has also declared his interest in the winger.