Manchester City ‘close in’ on signing 2016 PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez
Drew Bartle Head Sports Editor
The Manchester Evening News are carrying the transfer story that Manchester City are honing in on their first summer transfer, and that is Leicester City’s ace Riyad Mahrez who was at the centre of a broken down move to the Etihad back in January.
The deal to take Riyad Mahrez to Pep Guardiola’s Man City will likely cost in the region of £75 million, with the Daily Mail stating that talks are ongoing but it’s expected that all parties involved will get the deal done over the next week.
The 27-year old Algerian won the prestigious 2016 PFA Player of the Year award in Leicester City’s memorable Premier League winning campaign and has since been one of the Foxes star players, ending this season with 13 goals and 13 assists – despite missing a couple of games after the breakdown in transfer talks between Man City and Leicester City in January.
Pep Guardiola hinted a little while back that this summer may only see the arrival of no more than two players in this transfer window – likely strengthening the attack and midfield, especially with Yaya Toure leaving the club.
Leicester City, also in the same report by the Daily Mail, are in completely separate negotiations with Man City for the signing of winger Patrick Roberts – as a likely replacement for Riyad Mahrez.
Englishman Patrick Roberts now 21-years old, has spent the last two seasons on-loan at Scottish champions Celtic, notably scoring for Brendan Rodgers’s side in the group stages of the Champions League.
Manchester City are also in for Napoli midfielder and Italian international Jorginho, but the Daily Mail add that the Serie A club are looking for around £60 million – but City are looking to pay around £40 million.