Alan Nixon: One major hurdle is stopping Riyad Mahrez joining Manchester City…

Manchester City’s drawn out pursuit of Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez is being held up by one major hurdle, Alan Nixon of The Sun reports.

Nixon, who was first to report on City’s interest in the Algerian in January and has since been on top of things, reports that Mahrez’s insistence of a huge pay-off is complicating the deal.

The clubs are close to agreeing a deal that could potentially reach £75million, but Mahrez wants a slice of the profit.

Leicester’s owners are reluctant to give him anything from the proceeds of the deal after he handed in a transfer request in January and effectively went on strike for a while.

If this obstacle can be overcome, then all signs point to the 27-year-old becoming Pep Guardiola’s main attacking signing of the summer.

In 2013, City and Shakhtar Donetsk had a dispute over a transfer fee for Fernandinho, leading to the Brazilian forfeiting a £4million loyalty bonus he was owed. Whether Mahrez might consider doing the same to facilitate the transfer from Leicester he seems so desperate for, remains to be seen.

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