Riyad Mahrez: Manchester City agrees a £30 million deal with Al-Ahli to sign the Algerian winger.
Manchester City has struck a £30 million agreement to recruit Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez from Saudi Pro League club Al-Ahli.
The 32-year-old has been granted permission to skip City’s pre-season tour of Japan and South Korea.
That was already decided upon, assuming City got a proposal that met their assessment of Mahrez, who had two years left on his contract.
Mahrez cost City £60 million in 2018 and scored 15 goals in 47 games during the Blues’ Treble-winning season.
He was an unused replacement in both the FA Cup and Champions League finals, and manager Pep Guardiola has decided to let him become the latest big-name signing by a Saudi Pro-League club.
Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, and Ruben Neves have joined Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia this summer, while Steven Gerrard has been selected manager of Al-Ettifaq and Michael Emenalo has been made SPL director of football.
The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of the country has also taken control four of the SPL’s leading clubs, including Al-Ahli, as the league strives to become one of the top five in the globe.
Mahrez is City’s sole senior player who will not be traveling to Asia.
This summer, there has been talk over the futures of England defender Kyle Walker, Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva, and Spain defender Aymeric Laporte.
All three, however, are part of Guardiola’s pre-season traveling squad.
Reports in Germany claim Bayern Munich has struck a deal for Walker, but they are regarded to be inaccurate.
Portugal defender Joao Cancelo has also joined the City team after Bayern decided against converting his six-month loan from last season into a permanent agreement.
Goalkeeper Zach Steffen is expected to miss the game due to a knee injury, although City are open to the possibility of bringing him in this summer.