Manchester City have signed Leicester City attacker Riyad Mahrez

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Pep Guardiola admitted prior to the start of the summer transfer window that Manchester City didn't need to make major moves in the transfer market, however the Blues have announced the signing of Riyad Mahrez for a fee of 68 million euros.

Pep Guardiola wanted Mahrez from Leicester City in January but was willing to wait until the summer after a refusal to match the Foxes' valuation.

The 27-year-old - a pivotal figure when Leicester stormed to a shock Premier League title in 2016 - signed a five-year contract.

"Watching them from afar has been a pleasure". They're redefining the English game and I wanted to be a part of it.

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Guardiola is hoping that a deal for Mahrez can be finalised before the club head out on their United States of America tour next Tuesday, but it's likely now that the deal could be completed within the next 24 hours given the newest developments.

"Riyad is a hugely talented player". When combined with his creativity and eye for goal, Mahrez is one of the most potent attacking players in the Premier League at his best.

The deal looked to have fallen through after Mahrez went on AWOL and missed out of Leicester training for a week and 3 days, but he later returned to continue playing for the Foxes.

The former PFA Player of the Year leaves Leicester after four-and-a-half years with his sale representing a stunning £59.6m profit for the east Midlanders, who signed him from Le Havre for just £400,000.

Leicester had already brought in cover with the £24m arrival of attacking midfielder James Maddison from Norwich.

The 27-year-old's pace, flair and exceptional dribbling make him a real handful for defenders and a force to be reckoned with in the final third.

The Football Club would like to place on record its honest thanks to Riyad for his major contribution to an incredible period of success since his arrival from French side Le Havre in January 2014.

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