Manchester City have made a fourth bid for Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez. City were initially linked with the Algeria international last summer when they saw three bids rejected. Mahrez put in a transfer request then, as he has done now, but the request has been rejected by the 2016 Premier League champions.
According to reports this afternoon, City have offered a cash-plus-player bid of £65million for Mahrez.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror claims that Mahrez has gone AWOL ahead of Leicester’s match tonight against Everton. The paper claims he failed to turn up to training on Tuesday and that he failed to inform Leicester of his whereabouts.
The Algerian pulled a similar stunt towards the end of the summer transfer window when he was given permission to leave his national team squad ahead of a World Cup qualifier in Zambia. He was ostensibly sorting out his future but despite interest from City, Barcelona and Serie A side Roma, Leicester dug in their heels and refused to let him leave.
City want cover for Leroy Sane who faces a spell on the sidelines after being injured in Sunday’s FA Cup Fourth Round victory over Championship side Cardiff City.
The 27-year-old Mahrez signed a new £100,000-a-week contract with Leicester following their Premier League title triumph and still has two-and-a-half years left on that deal.
He was linked in the summer of 2016 with interest from Arsenal.
This article originally published on FOOTBALL GOSSIP