Riyad Mahrez has emerged as a potential late target for Manchester City in the January transfer window.
Manchester City are one of the biggest and most ambitious clubs in world soccer. In order to realize their silver-lined aspirations, they need lots and lots of money to invest in the team.
The Premier League leaders have made the offer for the Leicester City winger and Mahrez is desperate to go.
Mahrez is contracted until 2020. For his part, Mahrez expressed his desire to leave the King Power Stadium when he submitted a transfer request last summer and that remains in force.
Mahrez would provide City with another attacking option having recently missed out on long-term target Alexis Sanchez.
The Spanish coach wants cover for the injured Leroy Sane who is out for up to seven weeks with ankle ligament damage and has targeted the fleet-footed Algerian international, who has also been a target for Chelsea and Arsenal.
Mahrez is aware of City interest and wants to go. He can also play in the Champions League. He did not train on Tuesday morning along with the rest of the squad, although Leicester declined to comment on speculation he had refused to do so.
City completed the club-record £57million signing of defender Aymeric Laporte on Tuesday.
Part of City’s desire to spend this month comes due to the prospect of tighter transfer restrictions being introduced in the summer.
Under potential UEFA rules, clubs would be penalised if they make losses of over £90million on deals in transfer windows.
Man City would therefore be keen to bring in Mahrez during this window – but Leicester would be loathed to lose a key player halfway through the Premier League season.
City are also discussing the possible loan of Eliaquim Mangala with West Ham, Newcastle United and Valencia all keen on the France international.