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Pep Guardiola eyes £65m player-swap deal to land final Man City signing in January

Man City boss Pep Guardiola seemingly has one more problem area to address in January, and Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez is the reported solution.

As per BBC Sport, City have lost Leroy Sane for six weeks due to an ankle injury, and coupled with the current absence of Gabriel Jesus who is also on the treatment table, there is a void to be filled at the Etihad.

Sane and Jesus have got 21 goals and 18 assists between them so far this season, and so now without their services for the more immediate future, Guardiola seemingly feels the need to splash out more money to bring in another new face.

As per Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol in his tweet below, the Premier League leaders have now launched a final offer for Mahrez, a £65m player-swap deal in an attempt to break Leicester’s resolve and convince them to sell the Algerian international.

Whether or not they’re successful with such a bid remains to be seen, as they’re undoubtedly running out of time to finalise it with Wednesday night’s transfer deadline fast approaching.

Mahrez has been in fine form this season, scoring nine goals and providing nine assists in 27 appearances for the Foxes, and his creativity, eye for goal and versatility could make him a crucial addition to the City squad.

Guardiola’s men currently boast a 12-point lead at the top of the Premier League table, while they’re in the League Cup final and are also still chasing FA Cup and Champions League glory. This reported move would suggest that Guardiola is desperate to maintain their start to the season and to go for all four major trophies.

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