African Star To Join City After Clubs Agree R1bn Fee

Riyad Mahrez is close to joining Manchester City

Manchester City have been tipped to finally seal the long awaited signing of Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez this week in a deal reported to be worth £60m.

Mahrez won the PFA Player of the Year award as Leicester won the Premier League in 2015/16 and has stayed with the club when many expected him to leave.

Premier League champions City have agreed a £60 million ($79m) fee with the Foxes to sign the Algeria worldwide.

Signing James Maddison, 21, from Norwich City triggered Leicester's willingness to enter into talks with City with the likely fee for Mahrez funding their summer spending.

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Leicester have allowed him extra time off since Mahrez - who has made 179 appearances for them, scoring 48 times - went off on worldwide duty with his country last month.

He has been given extra time off by the Foxes after playing in Algeria's worldwide games in June and is due back for training next week. Guardiola's men have a lot of games to play next season and Mahrez will certainly get his chance to shine.

The cost of the deal will be around 60 million pounds, a little less than Leicester rejected from City in the final days of the January transfer window.

Citizens' boss Guardiola made two unsuccessful bids for the Foxes star in January as the 27-year-old was furious and refused to train after the deal failed to materialize.

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