Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez has finalized his move to Machester City, with the club dishing out a reported $79.6 million to bag the player. Riyad’s move comes a couple of months after City did not wish to pay Leicester’s asking price of £80 million. Instead, the club had offered £50 million along with another winger called Patrick Robins, who was at that time valued at £15 million.
However, this time Leicester decided to go for the sale which set up a record for the club. Riyad played an important role in helping Leicester reach the Premiere League win in 2016. He has reportedly signed a five-year contract with City.
“I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola," Mahrez was quoted as saying on the Manchester City website. Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is a perfect for me, and City's performances last season were outstanding."
Txiki Begiristain, director of football for Manchester City, said that Riyad’s attacking prowess would help out the Man City side, which already has a lot of firepower with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero.
Last year, Roma had approached Leicester to buy Riyad, but after several offers, the club left the negotiations after offering a maximum of £32 million.