Major Riyad Mahrez development as Manchester City transfer edges closer

Riyad Mahrez has NOT joined his Leicester City teammates on their pre-season trip to France, having been given permission by the club to remain in the UK.

John Percy of the Telegraph adds that Mahrez has been given permission by Leicester to stay at home and continue his own personal training programme. The clubs are thrashing out the final details, with a deal likely to be signed off before the weekend.

The 27-year-old is expected to join Manchester City before the end of the week despite no medical yet, contrary to a recent report.

The Algerian international will become City’s club-record transfer when he joins for an expected £60million.

Mahrez is one of two major transfer targets for Pep Guardiola this summer, but the other, Jorginho of Napoli, was thrown into doubt today with multiple reports of Chelsea threatening to hijack the deal as part of their pursuit of Maurizio Sarri.

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