After their failed £50 million offer for Riyad Mahrez in the winter window, Manchester City are back at the bargaining table to acquire the Algerian star with a £75 million offer.
The Sun is reporting that Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has re-affirmed his desire to sign Algeria and Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez. Leicester City had previously declined City’s offer of £50 million plus winger Patrick Roberts. At the time, the Foxes valued Mahrez at £95 million; however, it is now rumored they value Mahrez at £80 million.
City’s new offer is £60 million plus £15 million in bonuses. Guardiola reportedly hopes to complete the signing before City’s summer tour of America which opens on July 20 against BVB Dortmund in Chicago.
In his last three seasons, Mahrez has produced thirty-five goals and twenty-four assists in the league for the Foxes. Guardiola hopes to add the former PFA Player of the Year to strengthen City’s already fearsome attack.
The potential of Mahrez’s addition to an attack already containing Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Garbiel Jesus, Leroy Sane, David Silva, and Kevin De Bruyne is quite attractive. City scored 106 goals on their way to the title in the last campaign and is looking to add Napoli midfielder Jorginho as well as Mahrez.
For Leicester, the writing has been on the wall for Mahrez. Though Mahrez rescinded his transfer request after the winter window, Leicester seems to have realized that it is unrealistic to keep Mahrez for the entirety of his contract, which is up in 2020. Mahrez has been good his last two seasons but he has not rediscovered the magic of his 2015-2016 campaign.
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