Manchester City are planning a surprise £60million move for Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez before this month’s transfer window closes.
Pep Guardiola insisted on Tuesday that it was “90 to 95 per cent” certain the club would not be making any further signings after bringing in Aymeric Laporte for a club-record fee.
But the injury to Leroy Sane, who the manager confirmed would be sidelined for six to seven weeks, could force their hand.
According to The Sun, Mahrez has been identified as a ready-made replacement for the German.
Alan Nixon reports that City ‘want something more in attack’ in addition to their current forwards, and that ‘money is no object’ in a move for Mahrez.
It is also claimed that Mahrez will attempt to ‘force the transfer’, and that the Leicester board will resists any offers.
The Algerian has been linked with Arsenal in recent months, and even attended their Carabao Cup semi-final second-leg victory over Chelsea.