According to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez is set to join Saudi Arabian side Al Ahli.
The Citizens are said to have accepted a bid worth €35m plus potential add-ons for the winger and the documents are now being exchanged- with the Saudi side wanting the deal signed by the end of the week.
Following the completion of his medical, which is scheduled to take place within the next 24 hours, the Algerian will sign a contract until 2027 reportedly worth around £25m per year.
Furthermore, amid Mahrez’s impending departure, City are now set to ‘step up’ their plans to sign a new winger this summer, according to The Athletic.
Although the Citizens want to keep the 32-year-old, they are believed to appreciate that he is open to a move away from The Etihad, and are now set on focusing their attention on bringing his replacement, whilst also ensuring they keep hold of Bernardo Silva- who has also been linked with a move to the Gulf State. Pep Guardiola’s side have made it clear to the Portuguese international of his importance to the squad heading into next season, and are are intent on not losing both him and Mahrez this summer.
The former Leicester City winger could be one of many players to depart Manchester this summer, with İlkay Gündoğan having already left for Barcelona on a free transfer, England international Kyle Walker having agreed terms with Thomas Tuchel’s Bayern Munich and defenders Aymeric Laporte and João Cancelo both expected to be moved on by the treble winners.
As for incomings, Romano recently reported that City have agreed a deal to sign talented centre-back Josko Gvardiol from RB Leipzig. The deal would see the 21-year-old join his Croatian compatriat Mateo Kovačić in Manchester, who signed from Premier League rivals Chelsea earlier this summer.
Travis Levison | Get Football