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Manchester City have launched an audacious £60 million move to sign Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City before Wednesday's transfer deadline, Goal understands.

It is claimed the Foxes are demanding closer to £90m to put Man City off the scent of their star man. "There are many", he said.

"The transfer window [closes] on the 31st". It's not the place to talk about that.

"The move for Laporte has happened because it is a buy-out clause that has to be paid. When you have to negotiate - there are examples from the past - it's always so complicated".

Gabriel Jesus is also injured, after he sustained a knee injury against Crystal Palace a few weeks back and won't be back for a similar period of time. Right now we have just three strikers with Raheem (Sterling).

Yes, he turns 27 in less than a month, but he's still two years the junior of the Chilean we nearly ended up with.


"Of course, we have to find solutions".

"I understand the criticism, but we have spent £300m on six players". If David [Silva] or Kevin [De Bruyne] have to play on the wing, we can adapt several positions to do it. "But, of course, we are thinking about this summer, next summer - the future".

The Premier League leaders lost Sane after he was on the receiving end of a challenge from Cardiff defender Joe Bennett. That said, if the player completely throws his toys out of the pram, maybe they can be convinced to cash in on an unhappy player. I don't think so but in football everything can happen.

Laporte's arrival, after City agreed to pay the stipulated release fee in his Athletic contract, took Premier League spending past £245m, the previous record total for a January window.

Leicester boss, Claude Puel, has insisted Mahrez is not for sale, but City look set to test their resolve with a late bid.


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