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Manchester City ‘lead the race’ for Leicester star Riyad Mahrez

Manchester City have taken concrete steps to securing the signing of Leicester’s PFA Player of the Year, Riyad Mahrez, according to today’s edition of France Football.

Nabil Djellit, a journalist who is very well thought of in France, reports that City are preparing a formal offer for the 25-year-old, who lit up the Premier League last season as part of Leicester’s title-winning campaign. City ‘started maneuvers’ towards signing the winger at the end of Euro 2016 and now lead the pack, but could face stiff competition.

Barcelona are among those who could make a bid, Djellit claims, as they look to strengthen their attacking options, while the likes of Chelsea have been linked. Mahrez is under contract until 2019 and could cost anywhere between £30 million and £50 million, but in recent days has declared his intention to leave the champions.

France Football suggest that Mahrez could be an alternative to Leroy Sané, should that deal fail to conclude. It isn’t totally clear on whether City would look to sign Sané AND Mahrez, or just one of them for the right flank that has usually been occupied by Jesús Navas in the last three seasons.

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