It is time for the Leicester City offensive midfielder Riyad Mahrez to make the headlines. The media rumors sent the Algerian into different directions and it is very likely that he’d leave the Foxes in the beginning of August.
A number of Italian media – with Corriere dello Sport, LaRoma24 and Sky Sport Italia among them – reported on Sunday that Mahrez is going to join Roma as Leicester City are considering a £34 million (€38 million) offer. Roma sold Mohamed Salah to Liverpool and no need a good right winger who would help them to chase for the Serie A title next season.
Leicester are believed to have found a replacement for Mahrez. They hope to sign Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho to boost their forward line. Riyad Mahrez is under contract with Leicester until 2020, but he has already expressed his desire to leave the club.
This evening, Sky Sport Italia, LaRoma24 and the Corriere dello Sport claim that the two clubs are closer than they’ve ever been to an agreement.
The latest offer on the table is believed to be €35m plus €3m in performance-related bonuses (a total £34m), which is edging towards the €40m (£35.8m) asking price.
Meanwhile, some English media, including the tabloid Sun have reported that Tottenham, who’s transfer policy and ambitions as a club have been recently questioned by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and different football writers and pundits, have been in advanced talks to sign Mahrez. Sun claim that Leicester want £50m for the Algerian player, but also say that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is not willing to pay it.