With just over a day of the transfer market left, Man City are considering a serious late bid for Leicester City’s Algerian star Riyad Mahrez. But the Foxes, who have let Ahmed Musa and Leonardo Ulloa go on loan to Spartak and Brighton respectively, are, as expected, not pleased to let one of their star players go this late in the window, but will reportedly consider all “exceptional” offers.
Whether the 60 million pound bid that City are considering making qualifies as exceptional, we’re not sure, with Leicester wanting more in wake of the insane amounts that the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Virgil van Dijk have commanded in this window.
City’s bid for Mahrez has been initiated following the discovery that Leroy Sane will be out for a few weeks following a nasty challenge from Joe Bennett in their recent FA Cup win over Cardiff.
It also lends credence theory to the fact that the rumoured 20 million pound transfer fee was perhaps not the reason City pulled out of the Alexis deal, but rather the Chilean’s 350,000 pounds a week wage demands (after tax). City have also broken their transfer record on signing Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao. The deals for Laporte and Mahrez, if it happens, could take their winter spending to over 120 million pounds.