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Manchester City plan up to four major signings as Riyad Mahrez interest is revived – report

Manchester City have revived talks about a potential deal for January target Riyad Mahrez in the summer transfer window, Gary Jacobs of The Times reports.

City made a big effort to sign winger Mahrez, 27, in January and reportedly offered £65million for him, but Leicester demanded £95million, an amount City were not and are not willing to pay.

Mahrez tried to force through a move to the Etihad by handing in a transfer request and boycotted training for over a week, before eventually returning as a substitute in Leicester’s 5-1 defeat to City at the Etihad in February.

With the season now almost over, the Algerian’s future is again subject to speculation, and City’s renewed interest could lead him to working with Pep Guardiola, something he is known to want.

Mahrez isn’t the only winger on City’s radar though, and the likes of Leon Bailey are also being linked, so the mystery remains who Guardiola’s top target is.

It is also reported by The Times that City could bring in four major signings this summer, contrary to claims of only two recruits – an attacker and defensive midfielder – being on the cards.

In addition to those positions, a centre-back is mentioned, in line with reports that City want to sign Ajax starlet Matthijs de Ligt, who has told the Dutch giants that he wants to leave the club in the upcoming window.

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