Man City makes significant transfer conclusion influencing Arsenal to grant Pep Guardiola £26m windfall

Man City makes significant transfer conclusion influencing Arsenal to grant Pep Guardiola £26m windfall

Riyad Mahrez has completed a summer transfer to Saudi Arabian club Al Ahli, it has been verified by Manchester City. 

The 32-year-old spent five years playing for Pep Guardiola, but has decided to move on following Manchester City’s treble-winning campaign.

Guardiola has endured a relatively quiet summer at Etihad Stadium, with Mateo Kovacic being the only prominent replacement for Ilkay Gundogan, who left for Barcelona. 

Mahrez’s departure suggests a potential reshuffling of the squad, with Kyle Walker also nearing a move to Bayern Munich and Bernardo Silva linked with a departure.

Earlier this summer, Arsenal confronted competition for Declan Rice from Manchester City, but after withdrawing from the race, they quickly shifted their focus to RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol. 

A deal appeared to be in place, but complications have put the transfer on hold, and it is now conceivable that it will fail.

Mahrez’s departure will undoubtedly affect the Gunners, as he frequently contributed to their eight consecutive losses against City over the past three seasons. In the last seven contests against Arsenal, Mahrez has contributed to four goals.

Man City will receive £26 million up front for the transfer of the Algerian international, with an additional £4 million available in add-ons. Guardiola could now seek to reinvest the funds by acquiring a new forward.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Manchester City and Chelsea are interested in Michael Olise, but neither club has yet made an offer. 

The Crystal Palace star is currently sidelined with an injury that is anticipated to keep him out of the start of the season; if he completes a transfer to Etihad Stadium, he will therefore not participate in the Community Shield final.

On Sunday, August 6, at 4 p.m., the two Premier League title contenders from the previous season will meet at Wembley Stadium. After spending over £200 million to acquire Declan Rice, Jurrien Timber, and Kai Havertz, Arteta is expectant of securing some departures from his squad.

After the 5-3 victory over Barcelona, he remarked, “Well, we have 30 players here, which is untenable.” Clearly, the market is still open and anything could occur. We’re well-prepared. I’m extremely pleased with the current roster.”

Man City makes significant transfer conclusion influencing Arsenal to grant Pep Guardiola £26m windfall