Riyad Mahrez Leaves Algeria Training to ‘Formalise’ Transfer from Leicester

In a statement released on Twitter, the Algerian Football Association said: “Mahrez [is] allowed to go formalise his transfer to a new club”.

The Algerian was even given permission by the national team to finalise his transfer.

Barcelona were also reported to be interested in the 2015-16 title victor but it appears Antonio Conte who has won the race for the wide man in a deal worth around £45million.

The Independent carried a report yesterday suggesting that Mahrez could be valued at £50m but the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea or Spurs would hope to drive that price down so late in the window.

Mahrez, however, is likely to move to Barcelona, according to reports, which means Liverpool have probably won their battle with the La Liga giants and with Coutinho who had been pushing to move to Cataluña.

Mahrez, a key member of Leicester’s Premier League title-winning side in 2015-16 when he was voted PFA Player of the Year, has been the subject of bids from Italian club Roma, Reuters reported.

“The selection will therefore fly without him Thursday morning to Lusaka to face Zambia on Saturday”.

Despite Mahrez openly admitting he was keen to join, nothing materalised, and to his credit, the 26-year old got his head down and performed well for Leicester in the first few games of the season.

Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to add one more player to his squad before the transfer window closes at 23:00 BST on Thursday night.

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