CHELSEA have reportedly had a £45million bid for Riyad Mahrez accepted by Leicester City.
However someone should have really alerted Leicester because no-one at the King Power Stadium is aware of the mystery figure who has sanctioned the deal!
BeIN Sport claim Leicester have granted Mahrez permission to speak to the Blues.
The Algeria international was released from national duty today and headed to Paris in order to complete a deal.
Chelsea have been gunning to sign players all day with little luck on the issue.
Manager Antonio Conte has been seen his side linked with a number of players, including Mahrez’s Leicester team-mates Jamie Vardy and Danny Drinkwater.
Mahrez handed in a transfer request earlier this summer but has continued to perform at the top level of Leicester throughout the window.
Barcelona were said to be interested in the player but Express Sport understands that deal was never likely to happen.
The reported agreement comes as Chelsea also close in on Torino wing-back Davide Zappacosta.
The 25-year-old will cost Conte £23m plus add-ons.
Chelsea remain hopeful of securing late deals for Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barkley – but time is running out before tonight’s deadline.
Chelsea have lodged a third bid for Drinkwater and believe they can get a deal done in time.
The third offer comes closer to Leicester’s valuation and the clubs remain in talks over the transfer.
Leicester have snubbed the previous two bids but look likely to cave in the coming hours.
And the Blues are also hopeful of signing Barkley but are less confident of striking a deal before 11pm tonight.