Barcelona and Roma circling for Leicester City’s Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez looks likely to leave Leicester City on transfer deadline day, with Barcelona and Roma amongst a number of clubs credited with an interest in signing him.

The Algerian forward was named PFA Player of the Year after inspiring the Foxes to their surprise Premier League title success in 2016, but he failed to recapture his best form last term.

Mahrez has made no secret of his desire to leave the King Power Stadium this summer, but unlike some other players, he has refused to kick up a fuss and has maintained his professional standards.

And it looks as though this could pay off on deadline day, after it was revealed that Algeria had given the 26-year-old permission to leave the national team’s camp to complete a transfer.

Mahrez is now understood to be on a flight heading to Paris, but it is unclear where he will go from there with a number of clubs – including Paris Saint Germain and Barcelona – linked with his signature.

Perhaps the favourites remain Roma, who have already failed with two bids for the player, the last of which was worth around £32million but was tabled more than two weeks ago.

There are even suggestions that the Leicester star could yet remain in the Premier League, having been linked with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United during the course of the summer.

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