Riyad Mahrez’s dream move was left in tatters after Manchester City walked away from talks with Leicester City, reports the Leicester Mercury.
According to reports from Sky Sports deadline day coverage, the Foxes demanded more than £95m for their 26-year-old winger.
The Premier League leaders were not prepared to go to more than £65m and with no prospect of an agreement being reached, the talks collapsed. It was City’s third bid for the player and the situation entered a cul-de-sac.
Sky also claimed that a close friend of the Algeria international said, “He doesn’t understand why Leicester have behaved in this way. To get out of Leicester, you have to go to war, which he tried hard to avoid.”
Mahrez handed in a transfer request last week to push through a move to the Etihad and refused to train with the squad ahead of tonight’s trip to Everton. Short of stamping his feet, there isn’t much more the Algerian could do to force a move.
It seems, however, the relationship between club and player has been irreparably damaged with little prospect of Mahrez remaining at the King Power Stadium beyond the end of this season.
Whether Claude Puel will be left ruing the mismanaged negotiations by the club’s hierarchy remains to be seen.