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City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed that he may consider going in
for Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez again at the end of the season.
The Citizens failed to lure the Algeria international to Manchester
before the close of the January transfer window on Wednesday, as the two
clubs failed to reach an agreement regarding the transfer fee.
The Foxes were holding out for at least £95 million, but City maxed out what
they were willing to pay at a reported £65 million, in a cash-plus-player
Despite missing out on Mahrez, Guardiola has hinted that City may
re-open negotiations for the 26-year-old when the transfer window opens
again at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, City did successfully sign 23-year-old French defender
Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao as a left-footed centre-back
When asked about the Mahrez situation, Guardiola told Sky Sports:
"He's a Leicester player. Everybody knows we were trying but we cannot
afford, in this moment, this amount of what they are asking. I
"We tried to do it in the summertime, we tried to do it now, but like
summer, they locked the door and we can go to the summer and holidays.
"It was not possible. With [Aymeric] Laporte yes, with the other one no. We are going to see what happens in the summer."
City who hold a 15 point lead at the top of the table next travel to Turf Moor where they face Sean Dyche's Burnley on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 14:30 (SA time).