The protracted deal for the 27-year-old has filled many column inches but is finally close to completion after several years of speculation over the Algeria international’s future.
A fee of £60m is mooted with Mahrez reportedly demanding that the club’s resolve their differences before he returns to pre-season training with the Foxes. That is fast approaching, with the winger due to return to the East Midlands next week after the club extended his holiday following recent internationals played by the north Africans.
The Premier League champions thought they had snapped up Mahrez in January. To the player’s disgust, the deal fell through which led to a brief dispute between himself and the club.
When that was settled, Mahrez arguably turned in his best form since the Foxes incredible title win in 2015/16. City kept a watching brief and were reported to be impressed by his return to the side and moved quickly once the summer internationals were over, to resume talks with their Premier League counterparts.
Signing James Maddison, 21, from Norwich City triggered Leicester’s willingness to enter into talks with City with the likely fee for Mahrez funding their summer spending.