Manchester City in talks with Leicester as champions close in on Riyad Mahrez – reports

Pep Guardiola is close to finally getting one of his targets of recent transfer windows, with Manchester City and Leicester City in negotiations over a deal for Riyad Mahrez.

Mahrez, 27, wanted an Etihad move in January but City were unable to agree terms with Leicester after the Foxes set a prohibitive £90million price-tag, much higher than the £60million that City wanted to pay.

According to Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News however, Leicester have now budged and to avoid another transfer window of problems at the King Power Stadium, are willing to reduce their asking price to a more reasonable level.

Mahrez went on strike after his move to City collapsed in January and was fined two weeks’ wages before being reintegrated into the team.

Though agreeing a fee may be easier to achieve this summer, there is another obstacle with Rob Tanner of the Leicester Mercury reporting that while the clubs remain in talks over Mahrez, the deal has hit a snag over agent fees.

An issue with how much Mahrez’s agent will receive is said to be delaying the transfer, but if that can be overcome it may be just a matter of time before the Algerian winger joins the Premier League champions.

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