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31 Jan

Mahrez asks to leave after City bid

Riyad Mahrez has handed in an official transfer request at Leicester while Manchester City have made a third bid, thought to be £55m, for the player, Sky Sports News understands. The transfer, if successful, would put Mahrez second amongst City's most expensive purchases, behind new arrival Aymeric Laporte.  Mahrez would be by far Leicester's most expensive export, dwarfing the £35m they received for Danny Drinkwater from Chelsea. Earlier on Tuesday, Sky Sports News reported that a bid, which was believed to be City's second for the Algeria international in this window, was well below the Foxes' valuation of the player, who also handed in a transfer request in May 2017.  Following news of a third bid, we understand that Leicester's position remains the same. They say they are yet to receive a "formal bid" but discussions over money are still happening this evening.  Leicester are still adamant they do not want to sell the player and that City's offer remains well below their valuation.  Nevertheless, Mahrez did not go to the Leicester City training ground on Friday and has not travelled with the rest of the squad to Merseyside ahead of their game against Everton.