Club record fee needed to take Mahrez from Foxes

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

MANCH­ESTER City could make a dead­line-day trans­fer raid for Le­ices­ter play­maker Riyad Mahrez — but they look cer­tain to have to stump up an­other club record fee.

The Al­ge­ria in­ter­na­tional is un­der­stood to have been ear­marked as a po­ten­tial late tar­get for the Premier League lead­ers af­ter the blow of los­ing Leroy Sane to in­jury.

Re­ports claimed an of­fer has gone in to Le­ices­ter but that the Foxes would have no in­ter­est in sell­ing un­less a huge sum is on the ta­ble.

The 26-year-old would give City man­ager Pep Guardi­ola an­other at­tack­ing op­tion as he chases glory in four com­pe­ti­tions.

Mahrez sub­mit­ted a trans­fer re­quest last sum­mer, which has not been re­scinded de­spite the player’s re­cent good form, but Le­ices­ter stood firm and re­jected ap­proaches from Roma.

Mahrez is con­tracted un­til 2020 and the Foxes have no in­ten­tion of sell­ing their prized as­set.

It is thought it would take a bid in ex­cess of the £75 mil­lion Liver­pool re­cently paid for Vir­gil van Dijk for them to even con­sider it.

That would force City to pay more than the £60 mil­lion they were pre­pared to spend to bring Alexis Sanchez to the Eti­had Sta­dium from Arse­nal last Au­gust.

Sanchez sub­se­quently joined Manch­ester United ear­lier this month af­ter City baulked at the ris­ing costs of a po­ten­tial deal.

It’s re­ported Manch­ester City have pro­posed a deal worth £55 mil­lion for Mahrez.

City com­pleted the club record £57mil­lion sign­ing of de­fender Aymeric La­porte from Ath­letic Bil­bao but seem cer­tain to have to beat that price to land Mahrez who has been a rev­e­la­tion at Le­ices­ter.

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