Manchester City Transfer News: Riyad Mahrez Deal Close in Latest Rumours

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2018

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal at The King Power Stadium on May 9, 2018 in Leicester, England. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
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Manchester City will reportedly sign long-term attacking target Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City before the end of the week.

According to Sky Sports News, all that remains is for Mahrez, 27, to complete a medical as the deal is all but agreed between the two clubs, with City set to shell out around £60 million for the winger.

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Riyad Mahrez is reportedly set to have a medical at Manchester City this week ahead of a proposed £60m move, per @SkySportsNews https://t.co/ucfQ2jJacB

City were heavily linked with Mahrez back in January but ended their pursuit over Leicester's demands for a £95 million deal, per the Guardian's Jamie Jackson and Stuart James.

However, they never gave up hope of signing the Algerian and now look set to snap him up for a much more reasonable price.

Mahrez still has two years remaining on his current contract with the Foxes, so he was never likely to be available cheap.

But in the current market, £60 million seems relatively reasonable for a player of such creativity and talent, and it should be a move that benefits all parties.

Mahrez enjoyed a fine season in 2017-18, as he provided 10 assists and scored 12 goals in 36 Premier League appearances.

He will join a stunning attacking unit at the Premier League champions and will likely have to fight for a regular starting spot.

Competition is already fierce in the City front line with the likes of David Silva, Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus fighting for places.