Manchester City reach agreement with Saudi Pro League side Al-Ahli over transfer of Riyad Mahrez

Manchester City have agreed to sell Riyad Mahrez to Al-Ahli, with the Saudi club striking a £30 million ($39m) deal for the winger.

City were reluctant to lose the Algeria international, but a transfer has eventually been agreed after Al-Ahli made a bid that matched their valuation, GOAL can confirm. Mahrez is now set for a medical and will sign a three-year contract with the Saudi Pro League club, with the option for a further year, according to The Athletic.

Mahrez has been given permission not to travel on City’s pre-season tour to Asia as the deal is formalised, with the rest of the squad jetting off on Wednesday.

Mahrez is due to become the latest in a long line of Premier League players bound for the Gulf state, with the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly, N’Golo Kante, Roberto Firmino and Ruben Neves all signed, and potentially Jordan Henderson and Fabinho to follow.

Pep Guardiola will likely return to the transfer market to find a replacement for Mahrez, considering his contribution to City’s treble last season. Barcelona’s Raphinha is among the names linked so far.


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