Major blow for Man City as deal with Leicester for 27-year-old takes a turn

According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester City have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez, with the two clubs unable to agree on an asking price for the 27-year-old.

Man City pulled the plug on a deal back in January when Leicester requested £95m for the Algerian international and it appears the clubs can’t meet in the middle this summer either.

The Foxes reportedly want £75m and winger Patrick Roberts for Mahrez, but the Sky Blues are yet to meet the valuation for Mahrez. Pep Guardiola only has eyes for two signings this summer but there’s little progress being made.

Mahrez has made it clear on a number of occasions that he’s open to leaving Leicester, but the Midlands club won’t let him exit the King Power Stadium for cheap as he’s an important player to future success.

The Algerian forward has made 179 appearances in all competitions since joining from AC Le Havre, scoring and creating 86 goals, while helping them win a shock Premier League title in 2015/16.

Last season, Mahrez contributed 23 goals in 36 Premier League games, so it’s not hard to see why Leicester want to keep him. It’s also easy to see why Man City are so keen to sign him. Guardiola had Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva as attacking options, but Mahrez would further improve the squad.

Football-weeks, Manchester City, Premier League, Leicester City, Riyad Mahrez

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