Manchester City have made a statement of intent as they look to defend their Premier League crown by breaking their transfer record to sign Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City for £60m, according to the BBC.
As per the report, Mahrez was linked with City in the January transfer window but a £50m move failed to materialise after the Premier League champions were put off by the price tag, but they have not got their man.
Mahrez handed in a transfer request at the time and appeared to miss training for over a week, with the Algeria international forced to deny he deliberately went on strike.
The 27-year-old has been one of the best players in the Premier League in the last few years, and this season he scored 12 goals and provided 10 assists for Claude Puel’s side.
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Mahrez has seen his reputation grow with his standout season coming in Leicester’s incredible Premier League triumph in 2015/2016 when the winger won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award.
He joined Leicester from Le Havre for £400,000 in 2014 according to the BBC and has scored 48 goals in 179 appearances for the Foxes.
With the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and others at his disposal already, it’s questionable as to whether the Spanish tactician even needs to further bolster his attacking options.
However, Guardiola has now got his man and Mahrez joining will give them yet another dynamic in the final third.