Arsenal transfer rumours: Riyad Mahrez deal close?

Do Arsenal need to sign Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez?
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Which are the most credible Arsenal transfer rumours right now?

Sky Sports has teamed up with Football Whispers to bring you the hottest transfer talk of the moment, as Arsene Wenger looks to improve his squad ahead of the upcoming Premier League season.

Football Whispers have developed a unique algorithm to take all of the transfer rumours from across the globe and calculate the likelihood of them happening.

They track transfer stories and give them a score out of 5.0, with the hottest Whispers closest to 5.0.

The top three are:

1. Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) - 4.4

Lyon's French forward Alexandre Lacazette celebrates after scoring a goal
Image: Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette celebrates after scoring a goal

As Arsenal continue their hunt for a frontman, Lyon forward Lacazette is again being linked with a switch to the Emirates Stadium and jumps back to the top of the Football Whispers list.

The Frenchman has appeared on the verge of a move to the Premier League all summer, with West Ham also reportedly interested.

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2. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) - 4.3

Riyad Mahrez is lifted up by Leicester team-mate Leonardo Ulloa after scoring against Celtic
Image: Mahrez is lifted up by Leicester team-mate Leonardo Ulloa after scoring against Celtic

N'Golo Kante has already left Leicester City, but what will happen with his former team-mate Mahrez?

The Algeria international has been attracting interest from across Europe after a sensational season with the Foxes during the 2015/16 campaign.

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He makes a strong second place showing in the Football Whispers charts after reports intensified that Arsene Wenger is ready to make a big money move for the winger - although Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri has urged Mahrez to stay at the King Power.

Read our feature on whether Arsenal need Mahrez here.

3. Arda Turan (Barcelona) - 3.5

Arda Turan, Turkey v Greece, November 2015
Image: Turkey international Arda Turan to Arsenal?

Alexis Sanchez believes Barcelona's Arda Turan would be a good signing for Arsenal and the Football Whispers algorithm is picking up positive noises about a potential deal.

Turan joined Barcelona in 2015 for 34m euros from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid but struggled to make an impression last season.

Hottest Arsenal whispers - Tuesday July 26

Player Club FW rating (out of 5)
Alexandre Lacazette Lyon 4.4
Riyad Mahrez Leicester 4.3
Arda Turan Barcelona 3.5
Mario Lemina Juventus 2.9
Julian Draxler Wolfsburg 1.6
Edinson Cavani PSG 1.5
James Rodriguez Real Madrid 1.3
Ivan Perisic Inter 1.2

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