Saturday 19 January 2019

Guardiola poised to complete record £60m swoop for Leicester star Mahrez


Riyad Mahrez. Photo: Tim Goode/PA Wire
Riyad Mahrez. Photo: Tim Goode/PA Wire

John Percy

Riyad Mahrez will finally complete his £60m record move to Manchester City this week, after it emerged he is not attending Leicester's training camp in France.

Mahrez's protracted move to the Premier League champions is expected to go through to end a lengthy pursuit by Pep Guardiola which they failed to get over the line in the last transfer window back in January.

Manchester City have been in negotiations for the Algeria international all summer but are close to thrashing out the final details, with a deal likely to be signed off before the weekend.

Claude Puel, the Leicester manager, is preparing for Mahrez's exit and has left the winger at home while the squad trains in Évian-les-Bains.

It is understood that Mahrez has been given permission by Leicester to stay at home and continue his own personal training programme.

Meanwhile, Manchester City are close to agreeing a £10m fee with Southampton for goalkeeper Angus Gunn.

The son of former Norwich star Bryan, Gunn is poised to join Southampton as competition for Alex McCarthy. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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