Could Chelsea be set to make a shock splash on deadline day? Rumours circulating on Twitter suggest that the Blues could be in talks to sign Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez.
The first report comes from the BBC’s Simon Stone. He reports that Mahrez has been released by the Algerian national team in order to finalise a transfer to his new club.
Mahrez released by Algeria to join new club. All sorts of implications depending which club it is.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) August 31, 2017
Next came a tweet from GFFN. They report that fellow French outlet L’Equipe are claiming that Chelsea are one of three clubs in talks over signing Mahrez. The other two are said to be arch-rivals Tottenham and La Liga heavyweights Barcelona.
Breaking | No deal for Riyad Mahrez yet with any club, but Chelsea, Barcelona & Tottenham all in talks – L’Équipe https://t.co/01jAK5qLdd
— Get French Football (@GFFN) August 31, 2017
There’s more. Sky Sports got in on the act, claiming that Mahrez checked into a hotel in London last night. They threw Arsenal and Chelsea’s name into the ring.
🔥 DEADLINE DAY LIVE! 🔥
Riyad Mahrez checked into a London hotel last night…Arsenal? Chelsea?
— Sky Sports PL 👑 (@SkySportsPL) August 31, 2017
At the time of writing, it doesn’t look as though anyone knows Mahrez is off to. Only time will tell if it will be Stamford Bridge.