Pep Guardiola has suggested that Manchester City will go back in for Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez over the summer after the Premier League leaders missed out on a deal as the deadline passed with January.
Mahrez has spent much of the last two windows attempting to leave the King Power Stadium, with transfer requests being tabled by the want-away 26-year-old.
However, Leicester’s demands and reluctance to sell have seen the unsettled star blocked from heading for the exits, with City being the latest side to have been left frustrated after having mounted a late winter bid to land the 2016 PFA Player of the Year.
Nonetheless, City coach Pep Guardiola believes that his club is prepared to rekindle their interest of the player at the end of the season.
“He’s a Leicester player,” the former Barca and Bayern Munich coach said. “Everybody knows we were trying but we cannot afford, in this moment, this amount of what they are asking. I understand perfectly.”
“We tried to do it in the summertime, we tried to do it now, but like summer, they locked the door. It was not possible. With [Aymeric] Laporte, yes, with the other one, no. We are going to see what happens in the summer.”
City’s interest as the deadline ends led the Foxes star to hand in his latest transfer request, but Leicester refused to budge despite the Manchester’s club willingness to go as high as £65m in their pursuit of another creative influence.
Leicester are understood to have been demanding as much £95m .
As a result of the failed negotiations, no deal was done and Guardiola was unable to bring in cover for Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus during their respective injury-enforced spells on the sidelines.