Transfer News: AC Milan leads race for Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez amid Chelsea interest
According to the French publication foot market (h/t The sun), AC Milan are leading the race for Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez amid Chelsea interest in a summer transfer. He’s had quite a productive season with his current club, but that hasn’t stopped him from linking up with a move elsewhere.
Mahrez will see his current contract at the Etihad Stadium expire in 2023. Although he performed well throughout this tenure, he was affected by competition in his position, which in turn reduced his notoriety due to the regular rotation of the team. As such, his future with Man City is far from certain at this stage.
Milan have now entered the race to sign the Algerian, and they are the precursors to secure his services. The Blues are in the fray, but they are also joined by Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. Therefore, allegations have arisen that he may leave Citizens at the end of this campaign to seek a new challenge.
Opportunity in the making?
The 31-year-old has been in fine form this term, having scored 23 goals and assisted eight times from 43 games in all competitions. It is indeed a great outing, especially after taking into account that he is not a regular starter for Pep Guardiola.
We could use someone who can regularly participate in our team’s goals. We lack someone of that nature, which is why our attack often falls short of our defense and midfield. Maybe signing Mahrez could fix that, but rewarding him wouldn’t be an easy task.
After all, it’s debatable whether the Premier League ace would be willing to join one of the direct rivals. Moreover, he has the ability to avoid such complications, especially with interests outside of England. This might explain why the Rossoneri are favorites for his signing.
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With the African set to enter the final year of his current contract this summer, we could probably sign him for a cheap price due to this circumstance. However, for that to happen, we’ll have to convince the winger of a potential move to Stamford Bridge.
We have to do everything we can to make that happen because we could use more competition for Hakim Ziyech on the right wing. This means Thomas Tuchel can bring Christian Pulisic back to play on the opposite side more regularly. So there are several advantages we get from signing Mahrez, but whether that will happen or not will have to be seen.