Manchester City commenced fresh talks with Leicester City about signing Algerian forward Riyad Mahrez, according to numerous reports.

City have re-entered into negotiations for the forward once again but the Blues refused to budge on their valuation for the 27-year-old, report The Telegraph.

Pep Guardiola’s side walked away from discussions with the Foxes in January after the 2016 Premier League champions quoted City £95million for the Algerian.

The Manchester Evening News back up claims in The Telegraph report and it seems likely the player could become City’s first summer signing. Leicester are keen to avoid another potential transfer window with possible squad unrest and have now lowered their price for Mahrez to ensure the 27-year-old moves to City.

Mahrez went AWOL after his proposed move to City failed to materialize in January and the player was subsequently fined two weeks wages, worth a total of £240,000.

It seems agreeing a fee will not be the biggest obstacle in overcoming the deal, but the fees demanded by Mahrez’ agent is currently holding up the deal making any progression, according to the reports.

City have shown considerable strength when dealing with agents as the Blues pulled the plug on a deal for Alexis Sanchez in January after his agent demanded more money from City’s hierarchy to complete the move.

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