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Riyad Mahrez nears £26.5million transfer to shock European side

Former president Vincent Labrune had chance to sign Algerian but insisted he felt 'insulted' at quality of player on offer

MARSEILLE are hoping to secure a deal for Riyad Mahrez, according to reports.

The 2016 PFA Players’ Player of the Year, 26, handed in a transfer request in the summer — and was close to joining Roma.

Marseille are hoping for cut-price £26.5million deal to sign Riyad Mahrez

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Marseille are hoping for cut-price £26.5million deal to sign Riyad Mahrez

Marseille brutally rejected Riyad Mahrez before he went on to win league title

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Marseille brutally rejected Riyad Mahrez before he went on to win league title

However, the move never materialised with the Serie A side falling way short of the Foxes’ £32million valuation and he remained at the King Power stadium.


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Mundo Deportivo report Marseille are now eyeing up a deal for Mahrez — and believe they could secure him for a cut-price £26.5m.

He was a fan of the Ligue 1 side growing up, however when they had the chance to sign him in December 2014, they turned their noses up at him.

And they delivered the most brutal rejection.

Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco had hoped to land Riyad Mahrez in summer

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Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco had hoped to land Riyad Mahrez in summer

Riyad Mahrez talks to Leicester boss Claude Puel after 2-0 win over Everton

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Riyad Mahrez talks to Leicester boss Claude Puel after 2-0 win over Everton

Former president Vincent Labrune said at the time: “Do you really think that Leicester players now have a place at Olympique Marseille, in the project we’ve got?


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“To save time, let me tell you, we try to be professional and qualitative with our recruitment.

“The probability of us taking this sort of player is zero.

“Don’t take this the wrong way, but I don’t put up with people taking me for a sucker.”

Marseille have hopes of finishing second in Ligue 1 after beating Lille on Sunday

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Marseille have hopes of finishing second in Ligue 1 after beating Lille on Sunday

Mahrez went on to star as Leicester shocked the world of sport by clinching the 2015-16 Premier League title.

Marseille have ambitious plans following American Frank McCourt’s acquisition of the club.

With Monaco struggling, second place in Ligue 1 has become a realistic target this season.