Manchester City Break Their Transfer Record To Land Mahrez

Premier League champions Manchester City have broken their club transfer record to land Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City.

City had to part away with £60m to land the 27-year-old Algerian winger who they failed to sign in January. City failed to meet Leicester’s asking price which was in the region of £75m and an additional player moving in the opposite direction.  

After penning down a five-year deal with the Citizens, Mahrez said he wanted to be part of the club that is “redefining the English game”.

"Watching them from afar has been a pleasure," the 2015-2016 PFA Players' Player of the Year said.

"Pep Guardiola is committed to playing attacking football, and City's performances last season were outstanding. I think we can be successful over the coming years and I believe my own game can develop under Pep's management," he added.

Mahrez leaves the Foxes after four and a half years, during which he scored 48 times in 179 appearances.  

He joined Leicester from Le Havre for £400,000 in 2014 and now becomes the first summer signing for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Speaking about the signing, Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain said: "Riyad is a hugely talented player. He beats defenders and creates space.

"Over the past few years, he has established himself as one of the Premier League's most exciting players. We're sure he will bring additional attacking quality to our squad."

 

 

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