Newly crowned Premier League champions Leicester City have no plans to allow their key players to the leave after claiming the first top-flight championship in the club's history. Tottenham Hotspur's draw at Chelsea ensured that Claudio Ranieri's side claimed the title, but rumours abound regarding interest from Arsenal in a number of their key players.
The Sun understands that PFA players' player of the year Mahrez is among the Gunners' chief summer targets, with the star valued at £25m ($36.4m). The Daily Mail adds that the North London club are ready to activate a £20m release clause in N'Golo Kante's contract in order to bring him to the Emirates Stadium in the summer.
Arsenal edged closer to securing qualification for the Champions League after beating Norwich City and need a win from either of their remaining two Premier League fixtures to guarantee a top four finish. It is yet to be seen whether they can lure the likes of Mahrez or Kante to the club, or if the players would leave the champions of England for a club that have again failed to make a serious title challenge.
Despite being asked for his vision for Leicester's future just hours after they were crowned champions, Ranieri insists his best players will remain at the King Power Stadium next year. The former Chelsea and Roma boss is ready to brush off any interest from Arsenal and says he is looking to add to his squad.
"We want to continue to build," the Italian told Sky Sports. "When I came here, the project was to build a very good foundation and slowly, slowly to grow up together in three to four years to fight for the Europa League and slowly come to fight for the Champions League.
"Now the season is out of our project but of course, the foundation is very solid. We know very well we have to fight for the position but we want to do our best. I'm positive and I want to fight. I don't want to sell anybody though, but of course if some players don't want to stay with us because they are unhappy to continue with us, then I don't want unhappy people.
"We are looking to reinforce the team but with the same mentality, because this is my mentality and this is their mentality. We all linked very well together. Whoever comes in must know we are working hard."
Victory at Manchester City will confirm Arsenal's Champions League qualification, a game that will take place as Leicester continue celebrations following the finest hour in their history. Ranieri's planning for next season will start soon, though, and he is expected to have the full backing of the club's Thail ownership.
"We are not selling anyone. We are not a team who produces players to be developed later by other teams," vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said, according to The Guardian. "All players want to stay and keep on fighting together to see how far they can go. So selling players is not on our agenda."