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Riyad Mahrez edges closer to £60m Manchester City move

Riyad Mahrez is expected to join Manchester City Credit Getty Images

Leicester star Riyad Mahrez is edging closer to completing a switch to Manchester City.

Leicester have granted Mahrez a week off after a friendly global with Algeria, but it is believed that the Foxes granted the extra rest for Mahrez to finalise his deal with City.

Leicester will receive around £60m for the Algeria worldwide - some way short of their £80m asking price in January.

The Citizens are thought to be paying £60 m for the 27-year-old.

The 2015-16 PFA Players' Player of the Year was not due to return to pre-season training with Leicester for another fortnight. City made a number of bids for Mahrez in the last transfer window as well.

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Mahrez scored 17 goals in that campaign, and then having signed a four-year contract, played a major role in the club reaching the Champions League quarter- finals in 2016/17 as he contributed four goals.

Mahrez joined Leicester City in 2014 from French side Le Havre for a fee believed to be in the region of £400,000.

Manchester City have also been linked with Napoli midfielder Jorginho with the Italy worldwide reportedly left out of their pre-season training camp squad.

Regardless of being at odds with the Foxes, Mahrez managed to score 13 goals in 41 appearances last season and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola feels that he is the missing cog in his team.

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