Manchester City have made a late move to sign Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez according to reports.
The winger has been linked with leaving the King Power Stadium ever since helping to lead Leicester to the Premier League title back in 2016, with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona all having been linked however, for some reason, no club have taken the plunge to sign the Algerian. Arsenal now seem to have given up on Mahrez, putting all their efforts into signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.
He had a disappointing season last year, scoring just six goal and providing three assists in 36 Premier League appearances. he has come back to has brilliant best however this season, scoring eight goals and providing a further seven assists in his 24 League appearances.
Now, with less than 36 hours to go until the transfer deadline, The Sun are reporting that Manchester City have launched a £60m move for the 26-year-old.
City are known to be in the market for a new attacking player, having made a £20m move for Alexis Sanchez earlier in this window. That desire to strengthen their forward line has been further amplified following the recent injury to winger Leroy Sane. The German is expected to be out for over a month after being on the receiving end of a horrific challenge by Cardiff’s Joe Bennett in this weekend’s FA Cup fixture. City are also without Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus.
The runaway league leaders are hoping to agree a fee with the 2016 champions, knowing that wages will not be a problem, still having what they had set aside for Alexis Sanchez available.
If City are able to wrap up the £60m deal before Wednesday’s deadline, it would be the second time within 24 hours that they have broken their transfer record, having wrapped up a deal to sign Aymeric Laporte on Tuesday lunchtime.