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Riyad Mahrez set to join Man City from Leicester this week

11 July 2018

Manchester City have moved a major step closer to signing Riyad Mahrez from Leicester with talks over a £60million transfer close to completion.

After the successes of last season, many had called the side the one of the greatest Premier League teams of all time, not least because of the insane points total they achieved at the end of the campaign.

City kept a watching brief and were reported to be impressed by his return to the side and moved quickly once the summer internationals were over, to resume talks with their Premier League counterparts. He's the greatest thing to come out of Essex since Nick Frost. Pep Guardiola made a number of bids for the Algerian, but were unwilling match Leicester's £95m valuation. The Foxes were asking for £80m in January and although this figure falls short of their valuation they have accepted it to further bolster their squad.

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Mahrez won the PFA Player of the Year award as Leicester won the Premier League in 2015/16 and has stayed with the club when many expected him to leave.

And Mahrez did not take the rejection well refusing to play or train for some time and even scooped up fines fined for his boycott.

Leicester have allowed him extra time off since Mahrez - who has made 179 appearances for them, scoring 48 times - went off on worldwide duty with his country last month.

Riyad Mahrez set to join Man City from Leicester this week