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Manchester City call off pursuit of Leicester star Riyad Mahrez – report

Manchester City have ended their January pursuit of Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez and any deal is now off, Sky Sports News reports.

After many talks, no agreement could be found between the clubs with 26-year-old Mahrez again denied a move to a top side.

It is reported that the gap between the clubs was too wide, with City unwilling to offer more than £65million and Leicester demanding a cash-plus-player package worth a staggering £95million.

Ben Ransom of Sky Sports News said: “I’ve had it confirmed that Man City are walking away from Riyad Mahrez – the deal is off. The fee was ultimately a sticking point.

“I’m told Leicester were after a combined package of around £95m – cash plus a player. City were very interested in bringing in Mahrez but he will not be moving to City in this window.

“As with Alexis Sanchez, the club were not prepared to pay what they thought was over the market value. Fees were discussed but no formal bid was ever placed.”

It remains to be seen if City will reactivate their pursuit of Shakhtar midfielder Fred in light of this, but time is running out…

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