Algerians in Europe

Mahrez close to record £75m move to Man City

Leicester City and Manchester City are close to agreeing a £75m deal for the transfer of Riyad Mahrez, according to the Leicester Mercury.

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Agents fees are said to be the only thing stopping a deal being complete at the moment, which could cost in excess of £15million.

This is the fifth transfer window in a row in which Mahrez has been linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium.

The 27-year-old enjoyed another impressive Premier League campaign, in which he scored more goals than Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne.

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. Pep Guardiola would make Mahrez the most Manchester City have ever paid for a footballer.

He would become the most expensive Algerian, Arab and African of all time, costing nearly double what Liverpool paid Roma for Mohamed Salah a year ago.

The current most expensive Algerian is striker Islam Slimani, who the Foxes paid £30million for to Sporting in the summer of 2016. Mahrez was recently named in the Algeria squad to play against Cape Verde and Portugal in two upcoming international friendlies.

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