Mahrez to Saudi, Man City scramble for replacements…Leeds target ‘Barça winger’

Manchester City already have a replacement for Riyad Mahrez, who is headed to Saudi Arabia.

Mahrez is going to Saudi Arabia. The English publication The Athletic reported on Tuesday (Nov. 20) that Mahrez is ready to join Al Ahli. Al Ahli have reached an agreement with City for a base transfer fee of €35 million plus €5 million in add-ons. Mahrez will undergo a medical tomorrow ahead of the transfer. He will sign a three-year contract, which could be extended to four years depending on conditions,” the report said.

When he arrived at Leicester City, Mahrez was not a household name. This was true both when the Foxes were in the English Championship (second division) and after they were promoted to the English Premier League (EPL). It wasn’t until the 2015-16 season that he really made a name for himself. With 17 goals and 11 assists in the league alone, he was a crucial part of Leicester’s fairytale EPL title run. He swept the individual awards that season, increasing his value.

Man City snapped him up. They spent €67.8 million on Mahrez in the 2018 transfer window. Mahrez was responsible for the right attack. He was positioned on the right flank sideline, and when he got the ball, he quickly pushed into the center to launch flanking attacks. His sharp left foot and ability to generate attacking points were excellent. Although he was criticized for his left-footedness and inconsistency, his flanking ability was among the best in the league. 토토사이트

At the center of City’s triple (league + cup + Champions League) last season. He has 78 goals and 59 assists in 236 official games for City. With City, he has won four EPL titles, two English FA Cups, three English Football League Cups, two FA Community Shields, and one UEFA Champions League (UCL) title. Having done everything he could at City, Mahrez was headed to Saudi Arabia.

City will look to replace him immediately. Santi Auna, a reporter for France’s Foot Mercato, reported on Monday that “City are preparing for the possibility of Mahrez’s departure to Saudi Arabia. Phil Foden, Cole Palmer and Julian Alvarez could take turns to replace Mahrez, but they could also look outside. Barcelona’s Hafinha is a target. Hafinha is a player who doesn’t need to adapt to the EPL. He is attractive to Pep Guardiola and director Tiki Behiristain has already been in contact with Barcelona.”

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