Discussion in 'Transfer Forum' started by Rafateria, Jan 6, 2018.
Wonder if he’ll fancy playing our next game after Swansea, Man City away
Roma seems like a good shout, reading your post I can see it, I too have this vision.
I think we should have replaced Mata with this guy. Not exactly perfect and a small risk but Mahrez would be a better and lot more dangerous option along with Rashford, Martial and Sanchez on the wings. We can do better too in the summer so not all that bothered, but i think its clear Mahrez would help pretty much any top-team.
Why not, all expenses paid trip to his future club.
Now that Ozil has signed a new contract, we should go for Mahrez in the summer.
Yeah,he should be taking it out of his agent, then. Not picking up his calls and blowing him a raspberry when they meet . Also what is it with City and last day deals, they did the same thing in the summer with Sanchez. You'd think with the millions at their disposal they'd be able to plan things a bit better or at least be prepared to pay over the odds when their stupidity is making other teams suffer.
Yep. If we don't intend to use Sanchez on the right, then Mahrez is someone I'd like to see.
He will come to his senses next week and start performing. He will get his wish for a move over the summer.
If I had to guess I´d say there was a verbal agreement that he can go for X-amount, probably something like 50M. Then the transfermarket exploded and Leicester felt 50M is insufficient and Mahrez wanted them to honour their agreement.
You missed my sarcasm
I may have been drunk when I replied
Manchester City’s Greed Has Thrown Leicester’s Season Into Chaos
Simon O'Keeffe February 2, 2018
The story of a player being denied a move to a bigger team is not a new one, but as Leicester are now discovering, the fallout can be all too real.
When news broke on Tuesday that Manchester City had either lodged a bid for Riyad Mahrez, or fully intended to do so, it came as a surprise. Granted, Man City’s previous pursuit of Alexis Sanchez had come to nothing but at least they had been tracking him for months, that at at least made some degree of sense. But when that deal didn’t go through, it looked as though Pep Guardiola would just have to plod on with the vast array of attacking talent available to him.
Imagine, then, the surprise that Leicester must have felt when the Premier League champions-in-waiting came storming in with offer after offer, seemingly determined to take the Foxes’ star player with no prior warning before the last 48 hours or so of the January transfer window.
Leicester, mindful of the fact that they had little or no time to replace the Algerian were he to be allowed to depart the club, initially resisted any form of deal before eventually relenting and agreeing to sell the 2016 PFA Player of the Year if Man City came back with a package worth £95m (subsequently lowered to £80 when Patrick Roberts was taken out of the equation).
In the midst off all of this drama, Mahrez had suddenly decided that he no longer wanted to be a Leicester player and duly handed in a transfer request, just as he did last summer. He also took it upon himself to skip training on Wednesday (and has not been back since), so adamant was he that he wanted to play for Guardiola and win his second Premier League title in three years at the end of this season.
And so to the take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum that Leicester offered Man City. Having barged in and disrupted the Foxes’ camp and probably threw the remainder of their season into chaos, the league leaders were set to emerge with a new player. And yet it was at this point that the same moral quandary befell them that had previously sen them pull out of the Sanchez deal. Clubs like Man City tend to speak the language of money and are quite prepared to throw it around when they need to, and yet they balked at Leicester’s demands as if they were being unreasonable.
They ended up walking away from the table on deadline day, passing through the King Power like a hurricane and leaving Leicester and Mahrez to deal with the fallout, with the relationship between player and club in tatters.
Man City had decided, having spend almost £60m on a French U21 international centre-back, had decided that a Premier League winner and Ballon d’Or nominee was not worth £20m more than that.
The fact that Man City wanted Mahrez should not grate too much – after all, he is one of the best players in the Premier League, it stands to reason that he should be a man in demand from the upper echelons of the division. However, it’s plainly obvious that neither City nor Guardiola actually needed him. With Leroy Sane injured until March, Mahrez would effectively have been signed as cover for the German. A gilded stopgap, if you will.
Could Guardiola really not have been expected to carry on with David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Brahim Diaz the soon-to-return Gabriel Jesus and, if a change of formation was required, Phil Foden, Yaya Toure and Ilkay Gundogan. Rather than offer Patrick Roberts to Leicester, couldn’t they just have recalled him from his loan spell at Celtic and used him, as was surely the long-term intention when they paid Fulham £12m for his services in 2015?
Guardiola made his name off the back of bringing through promising youth products at Barcelona, prospects who would go on to conquer Europe, and yet in the past month he has shown signs of being drawn into the money-based instant gratification-hungry world of Premier League capitalism. Had the Mahrez deal gone through, Guardiola would have spent £500m in his time at the Etihad. Granted the squad was in serious need of redevelopment and investment and while he has great success with the likes of Sane and Gabriel Jesus for fees that look relatively modest in today’s market, the last-minute hunt for Mahrez just for the sake of it was crass and needless, spending just for the sake of it.
It’s crossing the line between obscene and outright vulgar.
And so Man City move on. They will still win the Premier League this year, will be favourites to win the FA and Carabao cups and stand a good chance of winning the Champions League. All of this would have been true without or without Mahrez so this whole ordeal has had a negligible impact on their season, bar the slight inconvenience of having an important player out of action for a few weeks.
But for Leicester, as they now attempt to handle Mahrez’s continued absence from training, they now have to deal with the aftermath of daring to command a player to commit to the long-term contract he signed 18 months ago.
Manchester City’s Greed Has Thrown Leicester’s Season Into Chaos - Pundit Arena
That'd be nice but I don't think its likely. We're never linked with him. Its hard to imagine we won't get an upgrade on mata at some point in the near future though.
i have my sympathy for Mahrez. He should not have signed the contract extension without a release clause. I do not know what kind of promise the club has made to him, but for now unless an exit from the club can be agreed I just can't see he will play for Leicester again. It is a lose lose situation for everyone involved. Mahrez didn't get his move, and didn't get his wages by going on strike. Leicester neither has the money from transfer nor her best player to push for a europe spot, Man city didn't get the player.
He had a bad agent back then. Why not put the mentioned 50M as a release clause in the contract, instead rely on a party to fullfill a promise by good faith?
I doubt he will play again this season as there is no promise Leicester can make that Mahrez will trust anymore. I am not sure if he can go for 60M again in the summer.
If he’d been made a promise his people would have leaked that by now
It is a mess. Every party loses. I feel sorry for the Leicester fans.
City as a club disgust me. The player signed a contact and he should be annoyed at City first then himself. Leicester haven't done a thing wrong.
There should be rules applied against clubs like City that come in last minute and end up pulling out and result in an unsettled player. There should be compensation to the affected club.
That isn't feasible as clubs could just ask for ridiculous fee and end up getting compensated for being unreasonable.
City fecked him up but he was an idiot too. He throws in transfer requests easily without having any brain to think about the consequences or the possibility of the deal collapsing. He has put what, 3 transfer requests in his time there each time a big club is interested in him ? He's stupid.
This guy has all the makings of a mercenary. For all those clamoring for us to sign him, what if Madrid come calling in a year? He'll probably do the same thing.
Hardly stupid, if you put in a transfer request you are more likely to move by virtue of signalling to clubs that you actually want to leave and by forfeiting money owed from signing on bonuses etc I believe. He clearly wants to leave and has done everything in his power to do so, not his fault that clubs have low-balled Leicester with their offers.
Great point on Roberts. He is a supremely talented footballer who has struggled to make the transition to senior level. Can't the great Guardiola attempt to do something with him?
Thing is, I’d be amazed if City are back in for him in the summer. Unless it’s at a slashed price, they’ll almost certainly chase bigger prospects. If it wasn’t for a player who they already have sufficient cover for getting injured they’d have left Mahrez alone.
How Leicester are being blamed in anyway for this mess is beyond me.
Who is blaming Leicester? The article is quite scathing about Pep and City.
There were no agreement on the price or the deal between City and Leicester at this point. He though he will force the club to agree on any price by throwing in a transfer request. He should have waited and see if City are willing to pay for him or not, which turned out to be not willing and he's the only one who was fecked from this. That's really stupid. He didn't think about the possibility of the deal failing at all. Considering this isn't the first time he does this mistake makes him even more stupid.
Training with the team according to Sky and BBC.
Made himself available for the game, cheeky cnut, you can watch on tv lad
Will he start or on bench?
He won’t even travel I’d imagine
Maybe he has a vendetta against City and wants to take it out on them?
This move by Pep and City in the 11th hour is just complete arrogance! If they really wanted him, they would have paid up. They think they can unsettle an older player who no doubt would be interested to make one last big move to a bigger club but in all their arrogance thinks they can get away with not paying as much as the other club demands.
It is unlikely they will go back in for him in the summer because he really doesn’t fit the profile of player Pep likes. They buy younger players. This was just a stop gap if they could get him on a reasonable deal to them and just them.
He's traveled and looks set for the bench it seems?
Maybe he wants to score an own goal and win City the match?
I wouldn't put him on the bench but with Okazaki out injured there is a spot free
Would anyone welcome him here now after this demonstration of petulance?
Incredible how an employee earning a three figure salary weekly can just decide not to go to work.
Does this happen in any other industry?
Still amazes me that every top 6 club didn’t try this two years ago.
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