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Gossip: City closing in on Mahrez?

GOSSIP: Are City closing in on a deal for Riyad Mahrez?
The rumour mill continues to rumble ahead of the summer transfer window opening – and Manchester City are rarely too far away from the headlines.

One name features prominently across this morning’s back pages, with the Blues linked with a move for Leicester forward Riyad Mahrez.

According to Simon Jones writing in the Mail on Sunday, talks between the two clubs are continuing and there’ a growing feeling on both sides that a deal could be concluded soon.

“Manchester City are closing in on the £75million transfer of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City,” Jones writes.

“Talks are ongoing with terms to be finalised but all parties are hopeful of a positive conclusion over the next week.

Leicester also want to sign Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts with negotiations running separately.”

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Meanwhile, there’s also talk of City cooling interest in Tottenham’s Danny Rose, a situation that could leave the door open for Everton to sign the defender.

The Sun’s Mike McGrath says City have monitored Rose for some time - but Pep Guardiola is now happy with Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph as left-back options.

“Everton are looking to swoop on Danny Rose – and take advantage of big clubs cooling interest,” McGrath writes.

“The Tottenham full-back is likely to leave this summer with Manchester United holding a long-term interest in signing him.

“But though they have been monitoring his situation for the past year, United look to have made Juventus’ Alex Sandro their number one left-back target.

“Local rivals Manchester City have also previously looked at Rose, but are happy with Fabian Delph as back-up to Benjamin Mendy next season.”

That's all for this morning's roundup of the back pages. Stay tuned to all our channels throughout the day for the latest City news. 

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