Riyad Mahrez has reportedly handed in an official transfer request at Leicester City with fellow Premier League side Manchester City understood to want to sign the winger in January.
Reports earlier in the day suggested City were prepared to pay up to £60million for the Algeria international despite Pep Guardiola claiming that he was “90 to 95 per cent” sure the club wouldn’t make further signings.
However, Sky Sports News claims that the Citizens’ representatives have made it clear to the Foxes that they are prepared to pay £50million but have made no formal offer for Mahrez.
The report continues by insisting that £50million would be too low and that the Foxes have made it clear they don’t want Mahrez to leave in January.
It is understood Mahrez has not travelled to Merseyside for Wednesday’s clash against Everton and has handed in an official transfer request to force through a move to City, who have lost Leroy Sane for up to six weeks.
This is not the first time Mahrez has tried to leave the King Power Stadium after he made the same request last summer with reported interest from Serie A side Roma.
Speaking at the time, Mahrez said: “Out of the huge admiration and respect I hold for Leicester City, I wanted to be totally honest and transparent with them and have therefore informed the club that I feel now is the time for me to move on.
“I had a good discussion with the chairman last summer and we agreed at that time that I would stay for another year in order to help the club as best as I could following the transition of winning the title and in the Champions League.
“However, I am fiercely ambitious and feel that now is the time to move on to a new experience.”
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