Sunday 22 July 2018

Riyad Mahrez may be forced to stay at Leicester, as club stick to £50m valuation

Riyad Mahrez
Riyad Mahrez

John Percy

Riyad Mahrez is facing the prospect of staying at Leicester, as the club stick to their £50million valuation.

Mahrez's future at the former Premier League champions remains in limbo ahead of the transfer window closing on August 31, with Roma understood to have abandoned their interest after having three bids rejected.

Roma are now considering other targets and it is now appearing increasingly likely that the winger, who has handed in a transfer request, will be staying as clubs are reluctant to pay the asking price.

Leicester are insistent that no offers under £50million will be accepted for Mahrez, a former PFA Player of the Year with three years left on his current £110,000 a week contract. Their stance is strengthened by Swansea's £50million valuation of Gylfi Sigurdsson while Leicester's billionaire Thai owners are under no pressure to raise money.

Leicester are also ready to demand a significant fee for midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who is a target for champions Chelsea.

An initial bid of £15million was turned down earlier this summer and Chelsea are ready to make an improved offer, but it is believed Leicester will push the price up above £30million.

Drinkwater signed a new five-year deal worth £90,000 a week last summer and is an England international.

Leicester have sold Tom Lawrence to Derby County in a £7m deal and could send Ahmed Musa to Hull City on loan before the window closes.

The club is hopeful of persuading England under-21 international Demarai Gray to sign a new contract, to kill off interest from Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur.

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