Man City offer player plus cash for Riyad Mahrez in £65million deal

Feb 01, 2018, 00:08
Man City offer player plus cash for Riyad Mahrez in £65million deal

The Manchester-based club are reportedly only willing to pay Leicester around £60 million (R1.01 billion) for the former PFA Footballer of the Year and, with the transfer window closing on Wednesday night, there still is a lot of negotiating to be done if any deal is to happen.

Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is expected to sign for Borussia Dortmund on loan.

City have already had two bids turned down for Mahrez of over £50m.

And the massive valuation that Leicester have slapped on Mahrez highlights how good business Tottenham Hotspur are doing to get Lucas Moura for a third of the price.

Riyad Mahrez's dream move was left in tatters after Manchester City walked away from talks with Leicester City, reports the Leicester Mercury.

"I have interest in a lot of players", Pep Guardiola said when pushed on his interest in the Algerian.

That's understandable. But Mahrez is entering his peak years and, having seen Virgil van Dijk move to Liverpool for £75m and Philippe Coutinho join Barcelona for more than £140m, it's easy to see why Leicester are asking for such a hefty amount for their star man.

If City manage to complete the signing of Mahrez it will take Guardiola's spending past the half a billion pound mark in just 18 months in charge and it is hard to shake the feeling that those players signed for such hefty fees will simply block young players' paths from the academy to the first-team. He said, "Leroy [Sane] and Gabriel [Jesus] are coming back in the next five-six weeks so we don't have too much and we play every three days. We have to find solutions".

City confirmed the signing Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao yesterday for a fee of £57 million, with Guardiola looking to enhance his squad which now sits top of the Premier League.

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