By Danny Wright
Liverpool have made an approach to sign Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City, according to a report.
Spanish news outlet Sport reports that the Reds want to make the proven Premier League attacker part of their squad for next season, although they will face stiff competition from Barcelona and Juventus.
Mahrez, who was reported by the Telegraph to be valued at £45million last summer, was named as the PFA players’ player and fans player of the year for the 2015/16 season as he helped Leicester achieve the impossible by winning the Premier League.
A whole host of clubs were interested in taking the 26-year-old away from the King Power Stadium in the summer.
However Leicester’s huge valuation of the winger cooled all interest.
This season has been less than impressive for the Algerian international as he’s scored nine goals and set up six in 36 appearances in all competitions.
It means his price tag will be more realistic this summer, and it is reported that he could go for as little as £30million.
It is reported that Barcelona have been in regular contact with Mahrez and he is eager to make a move to the Nou Camp.
Football Insider Verdict
Liverpool are a big club but they can’t compete with the likes of Barcelona. If the Catalan giants come calling then Mahrez is more than likely going to end up there, even though he isn’t going to be guaranteed much game time with the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in the side. Jurgen Klopp really needs to focus his efforts on improving the Liverpool defence because that has been a clear problem for his side this year. The summer transfer window isn’t too far away now and the Merseyside club still haven’t had any strong links with a defender or goalkeeper.
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