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Revealed: Why Guardiola will sign Mahrez instead of Hazard this summer

The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern believe it is only a matter of time before Riyad Mahrez arrives at the club with reports suggesting a deal is on the horizon. 

Super-rich Manchestety City are consistently linked with some of the biggest names in world football, and understandably so. With seemingly all the money in the world at their disposal, the club’s recruitment team have it easier than most, but how exactly they hone in on a particular target remains something of a mystery.

In the case of Riyad Mahrez, though, City’s interest derives from his unique talent to “beat opponents in one-on-one situations” according to Metro. Considering how the Algerian ace has teased opponents with his ominous ability to drift past defenders with merely a subtle drop of the shoulder over the years, there’s no doubt that Mahrez is one of few players in world football who possesses a truly devastating ability in one-on-one situations.

However, Eden Hazard is also a player within the same bracket as Mahrez who possesses an outstanding dribbling ability, but Metro believe the club decided against a bid for his services because the magnitude of the deal would have been both immensely difficult to complete and highly disruptive to City’s pre-season preparations.

Landlord’s verdict

Although the Manchester City fans would have been absolutely ecstatic to welcome a player of Hazard’s calibre to the club, our landlord believes that Mahrez could have an equally profound impact at the Etihad next season, so they shouldn’t feel short-changed by the potential deal.

Mahrez played an instrumental role in Leicester City’s shock title win in 2016, and the Citizens faithful will be hoping he can rediscover his form from that season and inspire his potential new suitors to their first ever Champions League victory in the seasons to come.

Manchester City fans – thoughts? Let us know below!

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