Manchester City were pretty desperate to sign Riyad Mahrez in the final days of the transfer window.
But sadly, for them, they were unable to seal the deal, with Leicester refusing anything below £80million for their star man, which was a good £20m higher than their limit for the player.
However, it appears Leicester were willing to listen to offers from City if they were willing to throw in Patrick Roberts as part of the deal.
The 20-year-old winger is currently halfway through his second season on loan at Celtic, but it seems Pep Guardiola was not willing to sell the youngster as part of the deal.
According to the Daily Mail, the Foxes were ready to accept a straight cash deal of £80m for the Algerian, insisting the figure was market value for the 26-year-old after Philippe Coutinho’s eye-watering £142m move to Barcelona.
However, City were not prepared to go over £60m for the 2016 PFA Player of the Year, while they reportedly value Roberts at £15m.
Amidst the late drama, Mahrez slapped in a transfer request to force through the move and was not in the squad against Everton during the week, claiming he was not in the right frame of mind to play.
PICK PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG ON DREAM TEAM NOW Arsenal’s new boy is available at a bargain price!
It seems he won’t feature against Swansea at the weekend either, after not turning up for training on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.
- 7 reasons why this was the best January transfer window EVER
- Man City essentially paid THEMSELVES to sign England under-21 starlet Jack Harrison
- Athletic Bilbao replace Aymeric Laporte with Man City’s OTHER centre-back target