Manchester City are hopeful of finally landing Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez this summer after a proposed January deal fell through – but the Algerian won’t come cheap.
Leicester have lowered their initial demands of £95million for the 2015-17 PFA Player of the Year, but according to Jamie Jackson of The Guardian still want a deal worth up to £75million in order to part with their star man.
City would have to hand over a basic of £60million with Leicester also to demand a number of add-ons which could push the final price towards the £75million range.
It would mean City pay £35million less up-front than Leicester were demanding in January, though the final total could be within £15million – although the add-ons would undoubtedly be heavily performance-related and could require Mahrez to lift trophies with Pep Guardiola’s team.
Leicester are one of the clubs thought to be interested in City speedster Patrick Roberts, and that raises the possibility that he could be involved in any deal to bring Leicester’s price down.
27-year-old winger Mahrez is one of two major targets for this transfer window, with City also hoping to strike a deal with Napoli for defensive midfielder Jorginho, whose agent is due in Naples for talks next week that could be decisive for the Italy international’s future.
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