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Roma launch a fourth offer for Riyad Mahrez

According to Sky Italia, Serie A giants Roma have made a fourth offer for Leicester City superstar Riyad Mahrez.

Roma handed Juventus a tough fight for the Serie A title last season but the Giallorossi once again fell short in their attempts to overhaul the Old Lady as the dominant force in Italian football.

It is clear to see that Juventus still remain a much stronger side than Roma but new manager of the capital based outfit Eusebio Di Francesco will be attempting to bridge the gap during the upcoming campaign and the Italian has been very active in the transfer market in his attempt to do so.

Roma may have lost the services of key players such as Mohamed Salah, Antonio Rudiger and Leandro Paredes but they have spent heavily in their recruitment drive by acquiring the services of the likes of Rick Karsdorp, Cengiz Under, Bruno Peres, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Juan Jesus, Hector Moreno, Maxime Gonalons and Aleksandr Kolarov among other so far.

It is now fair to state that Roma’s current squad looks much stronger than it did last season but they still have to bring in a replacement for Salah and the Serie A giants’ pursuit of Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez has been no secret.

Reports have claimed that Roma have made as many as three bids for Mahrez so far, with their latest offer being in the region of around £32million but all of them have been rebuffed by Leicester as they value the Algerian international close to £40million.

Nonetheless, Roma remain interested in signing Mahrez and according to reports from Sky Italia, the Giallorossi have now made a fourth offer for the 26-year-old winger but it is still believed that the newest bid on the table falls below the valuation of £40million.

Mahrez is keen on a move to Roma, having handed in a transfer request earlier on in the window and due to this fact, the Italian giants believe that they can sign the former PFA Player of the Year for a fee lower than Leicester’s asking price.

However, Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare has insisted that the Foxes will not allow Mahrez to leave on the cheap by saying, “We’re a club that don’t need to sell, which is vitally important. I think we’ve got owners that want to keep their best players.

“The reality is we’re living with the current situation of the transfer window. Every club is living in that reality. We have to deal with it, we don’t want to be a selling club – we want to add to what we’ve already got.”

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