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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Foxes want £40m-plus from Barca for Mahrez

Mahrez has never hidden his long-term desire to play for Barcelona. Photo: PA
Mahrez has never hidden his long-term desire to play for Barcelona. Photo: PA

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Barcelona are ready to offer Riyad Mahrez a dream move to La Liga, but Leicester City are determined not to be bullied and will demand more than £40m for the winger.

Mahrez has never hidden his long-term desire to play for Barcelona, alongside his idol Lionel Messi, and Leicester are bracing themselves for an official bid at the end of the season.

Mahrez signed a £100,000-a-week four-year contract in August and the deal has no release clause, which means Leicester could expect to receive far more than the £30m they banked when N'Golo Kante signed for Chelsea in July if they agree to sell the 26-year-old Algerian.

Mahrez, who attracted interest from both Chelsea and Arsenal at the end of last season, cost them just £450,000 when they signed him from Le Havre in 2014.

Irish Independent

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