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OFFICIAL: Man­ches­ter City sign winger Riyad Mahrez from Leices­ter City

Pre­mier League Cham­pi­ons Man­ches­ter City have bro­ken their club record to sign winger Riyad Mahrez from Leices­ter City for £60m.

The 27-year-old Alger­ian is the Blues’ first sign­ing since they won the Pre­mier League title.

They walked away from a poten­tial deal for Mahrez in Jan­u­ary because they were put off by Leices­ter’s val­u­a­tion.

Mahrez hand­ed in a trans­fer request but stayed at the club, scor­ing 12 league goals in 36 games as the Fox­es fin­ished ninth in the Pre­mier League.

He lat­er said he had “regrets” over the dis­pute, dur­ing which the Pro­fes­sion­al Foot­ballers’ Asso­ci­a­tion offered to be a medi­a­tor between club and play­er.

City were thought to have offered £50m at the time, but the final fee exceeds the £57m they paid Atleti­co Madrid for defend­er Aymer­ic Laporte in Jan­u­ary.

Mahrez joined Leices­ter from Le Havre for £400,000 in 2014, and was named the PFA Play­ers’ Play­er of the Year dur­ing their sur­prise Pre­mier League tri­umph in 2015–16.

He scored 48 goals in 179 appear­ances for the Fox­es.

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