Riyad Mahrez has handed in a transfer request as he tries to push through a move away from Leicester City to Manchester City before deadline day, with new reports also claiming the Premier League leaders have submitted a bid of £55m to sign him.
The 2016 PFA Player of the Year winner was named as a target for Premier League leaders Manchester City earlier on Tuesday, following the injury to Leroy Sane and failure to land previous attacking target Alexis Sanchez.
Sky Sports claim that City had already made two bids - with the latter in excess of £50m - for Mahrez, but that the latest comes with another £5m added on top.
The Telegraph however claim that Leicester are likely to dismiss bids under £90m for the 26-year-old Algeria international.
City are a smart club, and Pep is an utterly brilliant coach, but with purchase of Laporte and £50m bid for Mahrez, you've gotta admit they've *way* outspent the competition lately.— John Burn-Murdoch (@jburnmurdoch) January 30, 2018
Here's spending adjusted for transfer price inflation: they're the dot waaaay down at the bottom. pic.twitter.com/MDCTrvuQGq
The Telegraph claims that Leicester’s owners feel no pressure to cave in to Mahrez’s latest request to leave, while the huge money deals of the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Virgil van Dijk have only strengthened their hand in terms of valuation.
Earlier on Tuesday, City completed a club-record €65m move for Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao while Pep Guardiola hinted that his club were unlikely to do more business before Wednesday night's deadline.