Riyad Mahrez joins Manchester City from Leicester

Pep Guardiola

Manchester City had a £60m bid for Mahrez accepted by Leicester.

This time though Leicester said they had sold him for what is a club-record fee, with some reports suggesting the champions paid £60 million ($79.6million), which would make it their record buy.

The Algerian then headed for the City Football Academy where he officially signed a five-year contract with the champions, who have sent a message to their title rivals.

City have always been in pursuit of Mahrez, having seen a cash-plus-player offer of £65m for the 27-year-old rejected in January, with Leicester demanding £80m to let him go in the middle of the season.

"Watching them from afar has been a pleasure".

"I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola", Mahrez told the club's official website.

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.

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"I believe my own game can develop under Pep's management".

Leicester rejected City's offer of £50m plus winger Patrick Roberts - valued at £15m - in January, and Mahrez missed two games during the saga.

"Riyad is a hugely talented player".

The manager is mindful of the workload placed upon Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane last season and has afforded the latter a further week's holiday.

Mahrez becomes Pep Guardiola's first major signing of the summer following a season in which the Citizens broke several records en route to the Premier League title.

And Txiki Begiristain, City's director of football, says he is delighted to have finally captured one of the best players in the English top flight. "We're sure he will bring additional attacking quality to our squad".

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