Manchester City ‘still in contact’ for winger after January move fell through – report

Manchester City have maintained contact with Leicester City over a potential deal for Riyad Mahrez after a proposed January moved collapsed, the Leicester Mercury claims.

City made a big effort to sign winger Mahrez, 27, in January and offered a large fee, with suggestions that Patrick Roberts could have been part of any deal, but Leicester set a valuation that City deemed unrealistic and walked away.

Despite that setback, the two clubs have remained in touch ahead of a possible summer move for the Algerian, who is one of several wingers under consideration at the Etihad.

Mahrez tried to force through a move to City in January 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 in February.

With the season now 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.

Another prolific Premier League winger, Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace, is also being linked with City as the champions make preparations for next season’s title defence.

It’s unclear which of Mahrez and Zaha – if either – will be chosen by Guardiola to reinforce the flanks, but with some bookmakers bonuses you can get good odds on either to make the switch to the Etihad.

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