Riyad Mahrez: Midfielder To Join Manchester City

Annette Crawford
July 10, 2018

In the four-and-a-half years since Riyad signed for the Foxes, he has played his way into the hearts of all Leicester City supporters.

Manchester City have been in negotiations for the Algeria worldwide all summer but are close to thrashing out the final details, with a deal likely to be signed off before the weekend.

Mahrez's brother Wahid, who was wearing a CR7-branded t-shirt, mother Saliha and wife Rita, were all spotted heading out of The Lowry Hotel in Manchester on Tuesday.

Good signing for Leicester City?

Mahrez was given permission by the Foxes to miss their pre-season trip to France on Monday to conclude the deal.

He later said he had "regrets" over the dispute, during which the Professional Footballers' Association offered to be a mediator between club and player.

The two clubs have agreed a fee of £60m for the 27-year-old and talks have now been completed between the two sides, with Mahrez due in the north west for a medical at the start of next week.

"Watching them from afar has been a pleasure".

"Riyad is a hugely talented player".

He took his tally to an impressive 39 goals in 139 Premier League appearances, 38 of those coming as Leicester lifted the trophy in stunning fashion back in 2016.

City director of football Txiki Begiristain is confident Mahrez will prove a valuable addition as the champions look to mount a successful defence of their Premier League title and succeed in Europe.

Mahrez joined Leicester from Le Havre for £400,000 in 2014, and was named the PFA Players' Player of the Year during their surprise Premier League triumph in 2015-16.

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