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Barcelona eye £40m bid for Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez

| 25.03.2017

Leicester City performed a minor miracle last summer to keep hold of Riyad Mahrez, but the Foxes seem unlikely to do so again this time around.

The weekend papers – including the Telegraph – claim Barcelona have made the Algerian winger a primary target.

The Catalan giants are preparing for a summer of change, with manager Luis Enrique set to depart at the end of the campaign.

But Leicester won’t allow their star man to leave for anything under £40m.

Mahrez hasn’t hit the heights of last season’s sensational 18-goal effort, but nine strikes and six assists is still a fine return.

The 26-year-old has shone on the continent this year, netting four Champions League goals and two assists from just seven appearances.

Valued at £25m by transfermarkt.co.uk, Mahrez only signed a new deal with the Foxes last August.

The new agreement runs through until 2020, putting Leicester in a strong position when it comes to any bids.

Our traders have priced up Barca as 3/1 favourites in the race for Mahrez, ahead of Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Manchester United, with each at 8/1.

Real Madrid, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are deemed 10/1 shots, with Juventus the outsiders at 12s.

Should the Algerian international depart the east Midlands outfit this summer, Leicester are sure to land a significant windfall.

In what has already proven to be one of the Premier League’s greatest purchases, the reigning champions snapped up Mahrez for just £400k from French club Le Havre in January 2014.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.