- Man City linked with late bid for Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez
- Report claims they could bid around £60m for the Algerian international
- Foxes said to value him at over £90m, deal surely unlikely for January
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Man City are being linked with a surprise late bid for Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez as Pep Guardiola seemingly has a void to fill in his side.
As per BBC Sport, winger Leroy Sane now faces a six-week spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury, and coupled with the fact that City are also without Gabriel Jesus due to injury currently, reinforcements in the attacking positions may be needed.
That would seem to explain the last-gasp interest in Mahrez, as reported by The Telegraph, who claim that City would potentially bid around £60m, but that’s still £30m shy of what the Foxes value their star man at.
In turn, it makes a deal happening this month unlikely, as there is seemingly a lot to agree upon with just over 24 hours to go until the transfer window closes.
Sane has been a highly influential part of the City squad so far this season. The 22-year-old has scored 11 goals and provided 14 assists in 33 appearances in all competitions, and so Guardiola will miss his impact in the coming weeks while he’s sidelined.
As for Mahrez, it’s evident why the Premier League leaders are reportedly looking at him to solve the issue, as the Algerian international has rediscovered his top form this season having contribute nine goals and nine assists in 27 appearances.
Further, he has the versatility to play in different positions, but importantly, he could effectively to a job on the wing to replace Sane.
Nevertheless, it doesn’t sound as though a deal will be reached before Wednesday night, but it will be interesting to see whether or not Guardiola goes back for him in the summer as he eyes further reinforcements.
Given City have scored 70 goals in 24 league games to have the best scoring record in the top flight, they’ll surely have others to step up for the time being.