Official: Riyad Mahrez Joins Man City In Club Record £60m Deal (Photos)

Alan Duffy

10th, July 2018

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Riyad Mahrez has joined Manchester City from Leicester City for a hefty £60m fee, which is a club record for the Citizens.

The 27-year-old Algerian had been expected to moved to the Etihad in January, only for City to get cold feet over Leicester’s fee.

The breakdown of that move led to a dispute with the Foxes which saw Mahrez’s relationship with the club temporarily break down.

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Mahrez was one of the star’s of Leicester’s Premier League title success in 2015/16, scoring 17 and assisting 11 goals as the Foxes raced to their fairytale league victory.

On finally putting pen to paper on a five-year deal, Mahrez said:

I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola.

Watching them from afar has been a pleasure. Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is a perfect for me, and City’s performances last season were outstanding.

They’re redefining the English game and I wanted to be a part of it.

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City’s Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, added:

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.

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The £60m City have coughed up for Mahrez beats their previous fee paid for  £57m paid to Athletic Bilbao for Aymeric Laporte last season.

A gifted attacker, Mahrez faces a big challenge to secure a regular starting berth for the current Premier League champions.

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However, with the Citizens competing on four fronts next season, the winger will get plenty of chances to live up to his sizeable price tag.

As for Leicester, the make a rather impressive profit of more than £59m, having paid just £400,000 for the player from Le Havre in 2014.

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