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Mahrez snubs Barcelona and Leicester accept Chelsea bid

The Algerian playmaker is poised to become a Chelsea player after both clubs agreed on a fee that would see him leave the King Power Stadium.

As reported by ‘beIN Sports’, Chelsea and Leicester have agreed terms for Riyad Mahrez to leave the Foxes in order to join the reigning Premier League champions for £45 million, linking up with former teammate N’Golo Kante.

Last night, the winger was given permission to leave the Algeria national team camp in order to travel back to England to sort out his future. Speculation increased when he touched down in Barcelona, but the Catalan club denied the move.

Finally, it seems his destination is London. He will be welcomed with open arms at Stamford Bridge, but the competition will be fierce with stars such as Fabregas, Willian, Pedro and Hazard also in contention to play in Conte’s team.

Mahrez handed in a transfer request when the window opened, after being promised by the club owner last year that if he stayed one more season he would be transferred this summer. As we count down the hours for the transfer deadline, it seems his wish may come true on the very last day.

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