Riyad Mahrez’s method of trying to force through a deadline day transfer to Manchester City have riled his Leicester team mates.
The Algerian has handed in a transfer request on Tuesday, just as he did last May, but the Leicester owners are not keen on giving him away despite offers from Manchester City on Tuesday worth at least £55 million.
The 2016 PFA Player of the Year made a decision not to train on Tuesday and will not be with the squad for Wednesday’s Premier League clash against Everton, which has annoyed his colleagues at Leicester.
It is alleged that Mahrez is unhappy with having to stay with the Foxes despite other key players such as N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater moving to bigger clubs after Leicester’s title winning season in 2016.
It is believed that Leicester’s owners are not willing to let the 26 year old go unless his valuation is met. Sky Sports have since claimed that Man City have come back in with a fourth, and ‘final’ according to the report, cash plus player deal for Mahrez worth in the region of £65m (with the other player as yet unnamed).
Whether that is enough to force Leicester’s hand remains to be seen, with any potential deal now going to the wire.