Manchester City seal £60m deal for Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez

Tanya Simon
July 11, 2018

Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain believes that new signing Riyad Mahrez is "one of the Premier League's most exciting players".

Yet Mahrez is now a Manchester City player and a record deal for the champions, beating the £57m paid for Aymeric Laporte in January.

The Algerian then headed for the City Football Academy where he officially signed a five-year contract with the champions, who have sent a message to their title rivals.

"Watching them from afar has been a pleasure".

"Manchester City is a very big club with very big players and with the confidence gained from previous year, I think this season will be a very good season. They're redefining the English game and I wanted to be a part of it", Mahrez said on his new club's website.

With Mahrez looking likely to leave the King Power Stadium this summer, Leicester are looking to bring in reinforcements as City winger Patrick Roberts could be heading the other way in a deal which is said to be worth £10m. Have your say in the comment section below.

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The news brings an end to a deal that had always been in the making. He beats defenders and creates space.

Mahrez was the star man as Leicester shocked the football world by winning the 2015-16 Premier League title, claiming the PFA Players' Player of the Year after scoring 17 goals to help the Foxes upset the odds.

He scored 48 goals in 179 appearances for the Foxes.

Mahrez will go down as one of the bargains of the Premier League era, having joined Leicester for a reported 400,000 pounds (now $530,000) from French club Le Havre in 2014. His moments of magic will live long in the memory as the Club and its fans continue to build a long-term legacy for the success delivered by the teams to which Riyad so memorably contributed.

But the paper adds: "While City are said to have agreed personal terms with Jorginho, with the 26-year-old said to be keen on a move, the two clubs have struggled to agree over a fee". Now it seems City are seeking to get rid of him for good, and Birmingham City are said to be in with a chance of signing him.

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