While a deal for Napoli midfielder Jorginho has appeared to hit a stumbling block, Manchester City have completed the signing of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City in a £60m deal, according to Sky Sports.
After the success of last season and the squad he already possesses, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is not looking to bring in a host of new signings this transfer window.
Rather, the Spaniard is hoping to recruit only a couple of additions that can reinforce certain positions within the squad. And the player Guardiola targeted for his attack is £45m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Mahrez, who is a terrific signing.
Manchester City already boast a tonne of attacking talent including Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva, while the likes of David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne can also play further up the pitch.
And by adding a player of Mahrez’s ability to an attack that is already viewed as the most dangerous in the league, Manchester City have a great chance of defending their Premier League crown.
Mahrez was able to replicate his 2015/16 PFA Players’ Player of Year winning form last season, scoring 12 goals and assisting a further 10 as Leicester finished 10th. And in a more offensive team such as Manchester City’s, the Algerian winger could hit scary figures.
Considering the brilliant form both Sane and Sterling were in last term, while Bernardo Silva was always a reliable alternative to the pair, it is difficult to see where exactly Mahrez would fit into the side in this moment of time.
But if Mahrez can be as consistent as he was in Leicester’s title-winning campaign, then there is no reason why the 27-year-old cannot later become one of the first names on Manchester City’s teamsheet.