Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Guardiola May Make Fresh Bid for Mahrez in Summer

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Guardiola May Make Fresh Bid for Mahrez in Summer

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PEP Guardiola has refused to shut the door on a deal for Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez.

The Algerian winger emerged as a surprise target for City the day before the transfer window closed.

But City ended their pursuit of Mahrez - for now - after the clubs could not come to an agreement on a fee with reports claiming Leicester wanted £95m.

While some believed City's pursuit was due to the injury of Leroy Sane, who has been ruled out for up to seven weeks, the City boss confirmed after the win against West Brom that Mahrez had been on City's radar for a while.

And Guardiola also refused to rule out a move for the 26-year-old when the window reopens in the summer.

"He's a Leicester player.

Everybody knows we were trying but we cannot afford, in this moment, this amount of what they are asking. …

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