So after plenty of twists and turns, Riyadh Mahrez will finally be completing a move to Manchester City. He is set to undergo a medical this week and both clubs have agreed a fee of £60m. The deal should be announced around the same time that we announce Lee Grant, so prepare yourself for tons of banter if you support the red side of Manchester.
Mahrez has been granted extra leave by Leicester despite not playing in the World Cup. This all but confirms his transfer to City. I felt we should have signed him last season when he he was available for just £35m but another stellar season meant a hike in the price.
After winning the league by a country mile, Pep Guardiola’s first signing seems to be in a position where they have ample of talent. They have the likes of Sterling, Sane, and B. Silva on the wings and the addition of Mahrez gives them serious firepower for next season.
Mahrez is a very gifted player who is extremely technical and adds a flare to the attack. His creativity and goals were key in Leicester’s miraculous title win in the 2015/16 season. Even after that, he played a key part in Leicester’s attack, pairing up with Jamie Vardy upfront. Last season he had 12 goals and 10 assists in about 34 appearances. He is a key player for them, without a doubt.
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After securing this signing along with Jorginho, Manchester City get stronger than they were last season. Pep will most likely start Jorginho behind Kevin De Bruyne while playing two of Sterling, Sane, Mahrez, and Bernardo infront of them who will be supplied by another distributor which may or may not be David Silva. Hence using Fernandinho sparingly.
As we know, Pep likes to give his creative players all sorts of freedom to play however they like upfront, as far as they remain in their own position only. Mahrez suits this perfectly as I have barely ever seen his shift out of his favourite right wing, unless taking a freekick. He is also immensely creative and Pep will look to exploit his advances on the wing.
Along with all this, he will be playing in front of one of the best right backs in the league – Kyle Walker. Walker and Mahrez’s link up will be something to look forward to, if you’re a neutral. With the Algerian playing a more inverted winger role and Walker with his overlapping runs.
All in all, it is as great a move for City as it is bad for United. We need to make some key signings based on our requirements. As it stands, we are not ready for the next season yet. The only consolation being that Spurs and Chelsea haven’t made any top signings either and Arsenal, well, they’re Arsenal.
Anyway, this post was a little detour from the drama of the World Cup. Normal service will resume soon. Enjoy the quarters!