Man city closing in on £75m record deal for African star

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 30/05/2018

Riyad Mahrez & Pep Guardiola

Manchester City are understood to be closing in on a  £75million record deal for African winger Riyad Mahrez.

The Premier League champions have been in talks with Leicester City since January when they rejected an offer of £50m plus forward Patrick Roberts, who the Citizens valued at £15m close to the transfer deadline.

According to Manchester Evening News report that Pep Guardiola has told Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano and sporting director Txiki Begiristain to wrap up the deal for Mahrez in time for the club's US pre-season tour.

However, a fee is now close to being agreed, which is believed to be £60m up front with a potential further £15m in add-ons for the 27-year-old former PFA Player of the Year being done this summer.

If Mahrez eventually seals the deal to Etihad Stadium the Algerian international will become City's record and African signing the fee would surpass the £57m City paid Athletic Bilbao for centre-back Aymeric Laporte earlier this year.

The deal will surpass Cedric Bakambu £64million move to Chinese Super League outfit Beijing Guoan.