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Mahrez submitted a transfer request last summer, which has not been rescinded despite the player’s recent good form, but Leicester stood firm and rejected approaches from Roma.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