Manchester City have run into complications for the second transfer window running with their attempts at signing Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez, Algerian source Le Buteur reports.
Things have gone quiet on the Mahrez front despite reports going back to May stating that a deal was imminent, with one suggestion being that agent fees were the issue.
From the player’s homeland comes a different story, however. Their information is that negotiations have been at a very advanced stage with an agreement in principle even reached for a sale to happen, but Leicester have slowed down talks over a €15million difference.
City have proposed €60million plus young winger Patrick Roberts for Mahrez, but Leicester are requesting €75million, which would make the deal worth €90million or more when factoring in Roberts’ valuation.
The 27-year-old has grown frustrated at Leicester for putting his move to Manchester City under threat again, and wants things settled as quickly as possible so he can quietly prepare for his move to Manchester and enjoy a vacation.
Mahrez was expecting a nice gesture from Leicester after all that he has done for the club, but they have decided to take a tough stance in negotiations. Pep Guardiola has also grown frustrated by the slowness of negotiations.
Despite the negative developments, there still appears to be plenty of optimism that a deal will go ahead, with Le Buteur claiming that the transfer should still happen.
Leicester today had Norwich’s James Maddison, an ideal replacement for Mahrez, at their facilities for a medical ahead of a £25million move to the former Premier League champions.
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