Manchester City have completed their first signing of the summer transfer window with Riyad Mahrez having joined them from Leicester City on a club-record deal worth £60m. The Algeria international was initially tipped to join the Citizens during the backend of the previous campaign but Pep Guardiola’s side could not come to terms with the Foxes’ valuation.
However, six months later, both sides have eventually reach an agreement with the Algerian putting pen-to-paper on a five-year contract. City have now lost any attack-minded players when compared to the previous campaign but the arrival of Mahrez provides the team with an added depth as they defend their title next season.
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Aside from Mahrez, the Premier League holders could make another signing during the summer with Guardiola keen on bolstering the heart of the midfield. The departure of club legend Yaya Toure has left a potential void to cover for next term but so far, City have not come close to acquiring any of their transfer targets.
Earlier last month, Napoli’s Jorginho had been highlighted as the prime option to bolster the centre of the park but a potential deal for the Italian appears to have stalled amid the Citizens’ reluctance to match the player’s £57m price tag.
As such, there has been talk of Chelsea potentially hijacking the deal and the Blues have supposedly begun negotiations to sign the midfielder whilst also negotiating the release of their former manager Maurizio Sarri from his contract.
Manchester City are scheduled to travel for their pre-season tour of the United States this weekend and Guardiola will be hoping that a new signing is finalised during their stay in order to acclimatise the recruit to the club’s tactical setup.