Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly made an offer for Leicester City attacker Riyad Mahrez. However they’re not the only team in the Premier League to make an offer for the services of the Algerian.
French newspaper Le 10 Sport quoted a report from the French TV programme “Telefoot,” that stated both Manchester United and Tottenham have already offered a sum of £29.9 million (€41 million) for Mahrez.
The midfielder has been sensational this season, scoring 13 goals and helping to propel Leicester City to the top of the tables. Daniel Storey of Football 365 compared Mahrez’s run of form to Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard last season. Hazard went on to win Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award.
Eden Hazard was named PFA Player of the Year after 14 league goals and nine assists. Mahrez on 13 goals and seven assists by Christmas.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) December 20, 2015
Both Mahrez and teammate Jamie Vardy are a couple of the Premier League’s in-demand players this winter. It seems like the Foxes have a tough task ahead of them in trying to keep the Algerian star — £29.9 is a huge sum of money for a club that many thought at the start of the season would be fighting to stay above relegation. However all Premier League clubs are set to receive a ton of income from a new television rights deal.
Also Mahrez’s agent, Kamel Bengougam, told Sky Sports this week that he doesn’t believe Mahrez will be leaving in January: “I don’t think Leicester want to sell him and he is focused on doing well with them. I think he will stay in January.”
Mahrez also seems rather content at King Power Stadium saying a move away from the club in January would be stupid, per the Mirror: “It is good to have clubs that are interested in you but I feel very good at Leicester and it would be stupid to leave in January, especially because we are in first position!”
Both Manchester United and Tottenham looked primed to sign Mahrez next year, but the player seems confident that a move won’t happen until next summer at the earliest.
Mahrez signed a four-yeal deal with the Foxes in the summer.