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Manchester City ‘step up’ plans to sign Riyad Mahrez replacement amid Saudi Arabia links

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Manchester City are seeking to sign a replacement for forward Riyad Mahrez, who is edging closer to a move to Saudi Arabia.

The 32-year-old looks set to become the latest high profile departure from the Premier League to the Saudi Pro League, despite signing a new two-year contract at the Etihad Stadium less than 12 months ago.

Mahrez featured in 47 matches for Manchester City during the treble-winning campaign, scoring 15 goals, including an historic hat-trick in the Emirates FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium against Sheffield United.

The Manchester City winger has won 11 trophies, including four Premier League titles, since moving to the Etihad Stadium from Leicester City for £60 million in 2018.

Mahrez has scored 78 goals and featured in over 230 matches for the Sky Blues, with the Premier League champions now reportedly seeking a replacement for the Algerian, ahead of the new campaign.

The forward is closing in on a move to Al Ahli in Saudi Arabia, having agreed personal terms, estimated to be worth around £25 million yearly, according to The Athletic.

Manchester City are ready to accept a bid for the 32-year-old from the Middle Eastern club, and as a result, are ‘stepping up’ plans to sign a new winger this summer, reports Sam Lee.

The Blues have been drawing up plans to replace Mahrez, having become aware of the possibility of losing the Algerian international to the Saudi Pro League.

Should Mahrez complete a transfer to Al Ahli, then the winger would become the the club’s third signing from the Premier League this summer, following Roberto Firmino and Edouard Mendy.

The Athletic further report that Manchester City have ‘doubled down’ on attempts to keep Bernardo Silva at the club, with the Blues not wanting to lose the Portugal midfielder and Mahrez, having already seen Ilkay Gundogan depart.

Silva has been linked with a move to PSG once again, with the Saudi Pro League also holding an interest in signing the 28-year-old this summer.

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