Manchester City have once again been linked with more business concerning Saudi Arabia, as Riyad Mahrez moves back into focus for the Pro League project.
The Algerian’s club future remains somewhat in doubt, largely stemming from frustrations over inconsistent game-time towards the back-end of the club campaign, and his lack of involvement in the UEFA Champions League final against Inter earlier in June.
At 32-years-old, Riyad Mahrez is firmly entering the twilight years of his career, and his next move in football – should a deal come to fruition – would likely be his final substantial contract of his top-level game.
In recent weeks, Saudi Arabia have been on the hunt in the European market to secure big names to aid their development of both the Saudi Pro League, and football as a sport in the Middle East nation as a whole.
Mahrez is the latest Manchester City name to appear in the headlines this week, with the former Leicester City forward at the centre of attention for Al-Ahli – who are preparing a lucrative proposal for the five-time Premier League champion.
According to a report from MailSport’s Chris Wheeler, Riyad Mahrez will be offered £43 million-a-year plus bonuses for a two-year contract by Al-Ahli – who are also looking to finalise deals for Edouard Mendy and Roberto Firmino in the coming days.
While it is reported that Mahrez is interested in ending his career in Saudi Arabia, the Mail highlight that the player is ‘uncertain’ about leaving Manchester City this summer having just won the Treble under Pep Guardiola.
Interest in Mahrez from the Middle East follows a pursuit of Manchester City’s now-former club captain Ilkay Gundogan.
The Germany international is understood to have rejected a similarly lucrative financial offer from Saudi Arabia, in favour of remaining in European football and joining FC Barcelona on a free transfer that was announced on Monday morning.
Bernardo Silva continues to attract interest from Saudi Arabia too, however the understanding remains that the Portugal international would prefer to commit to Europe, and ideally a move to Spain in order to move closer to his home country.
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