At first, it seemed like just a long shot, what with Roma getting a lot of money for Mohamed Salah from Liverpool and them needing to replace the Egyptian forward, but Riyad Mahrez to Italy is becoming a real thing.

Wanting to leave the King Power Stadium, and making that desire very public, the Algeria international was perhaps expecting a bit more Premier League interest in his services, but a move to a Champions League playing team in the south of Europe isn’t the worst alternative.

Gazzetta dello Sport on Monday report that contact between Roma and Leicester City is ongoing, even if negotiations are proving difficult.

However, the Italian newspaper believe the Serie A side could raise their offer to €30m for the 26-year-old, after reports emerged their first offer of £20m had been rejected by the Foxes.

Of course, you cannot write an article about Riyad Mahrez without mentioning the interest from Arsenal, as everyone knows a move to Arsene Wenger’s side is a far more attractive one for the Leicester star.

Monchi knows this is a difficult one to complete, but he’s trying nonetheless, because otherwise he wouldn’t be doing his job properly.

From Italy, it’s advantage Arsenal, even if Roma still stand a chance.