Manchester City will have to pay a record £75million transfer fee to sign Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City, according to English newspaper outlet The Guardian.
The Algerian is a key target for Pep Guardiola in the summer transfer window, after failing to land him at the start of the calendar year.
It is understood that Man City made the 27-year-old their primary winger target once Alexis Sanchez chose to move to the red half of Manchester instead.
Mahrez would become the record signing for Manchester City at £75m, meaning that he should be a key member of the first team on a weekly basis.
A move to the Citizens would see the Algerian international, who has just been called up to the national team for June’s matches, play in the Champions League next season.
The fee is reportedly £60m up front, plus £15m in various add-ons. This is much lower than the £95million that the Foxes were requesting in January which was far too expensive.
Mahrez would join the likes of Ali Benarbia and Djamel Abdoun as Algerians to have signed for Manchester City, if the move goes ahead as planned. He would become the most expensive African of all time.