The amount of £34 million for a player who was just voted as the best player in the Premier League and who was the driving force behind the remarkable story of Leicester City last season does not sound all that much in the crazy modern world of football transfers.
But that is the amount that Arsenal are looking at offering to the Foxes to even match the opening bid of our EPL rivals Man City after Pep Guardiola made his first move towards signing the brilliant Algerian international. We do not know if this offer will be enough and Claudio Ranieri suggested only this week that he did not think his star man would try to force a move.
But other reports in the football media have said that Mahrez has turned down the offer of a new contract with Leicester and is keen to move to a bigger club. Man City are certainly that but so is Arsenal and with us he would not have the same competition for a first team place.
The question for Arsenl fans now is, will our manager match this opening offer and make a serious attempt to make Mahrez a Gunner?