Riyad Mahrez’s proposed move from Leicester hits snag with Algerian wanting huge pay-off from the Foxes

RIYAD MAHREZ’S Manchester City move faces a major final hurdle.

The Algerian wants a pay-off from Leicester before he joins Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions.

 Leicester star Riyad Mahrez is believed to be closing in on a move to join Manchester City

GETTY IMAGES – GETTY: Leicester star Riyad Mahrez is believed to be closing in on a move to join Manchester City

 Mahrez, 27, failed to push through a move to the Citizens during the winter transfer window

AFP OR LICENSORS: Mahrez, 27, failed to push through a move to the Citizens during the winter transfer window

The clubs are close to agreeing a fee but Mahrez wants a slice of the profit from a potential £75million deal.

The Foxes do not want to give the winger anything because he asked for a move when the deal was originally blocked in the January transfer window.

Mahrez has since withdrawn the transfer request.

But Leicester’s owners are still reluctant to give him anything from the proceeds of any move.

 Mahrez is reportedly holding out on a huge pay-off from Leicester

REUTERS: Mahrez is reportedly holding out on a huge pay-off from Leicester

 Algerian international Mahrez could be battling with Raheem Sterling for a place in the starting XI at the Etihad

REUTERS: Algerian international Mahrez could be battling with Raheem Sterling for a place in the starting XI at the Etihad

Mahrez, 27, has been at the King Power Stadium since January 2014 after joining from French club Le Havre.

In five seasons at Leicester, he has racked up 179 appearances in all competitions, netting on 48 occasions.

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Should he finalise his move to the Citizens, he will face competition from the likes of Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva for a place in the starting XI.

Leicester have already reportedly lined up their replacement for Mahrez – with Basel star Mohamed Elyounoussi the No 1 target.

 

 

 

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