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Man City star Winger ‘has agreed personal terms with Saudi side Al-Ahli.

According to reports, Riyad Mahrez, the Manchester City winger, has reached a personal agreement with Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli.

Man City star Winger ‘has agreed personal terms with Saudi side Al-Ahli.

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According to reports, Riyad Mahrez, the Manchester City winger, has reached a personal agreement with Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli. The 32-year-old, who recently achieved a historic treble with City, has two years remaining on his current contract at the Etihad. However, it seems that his seven-year stint with City is set to come to an end as he becomes the latest high-profile player to agree to join Al-Ahli.

Arriyadiyah, a Saudi sports outlet, has stated that Al-Ahli, who were recently promoted to the Saudi top-flight, are prepared to offer £30 million to secure Man City winger Mahrez’s services. This move comes after reports last month from Mail Sport suggesting that Mahrez has shown interest in finishing his career in Saudi Arabia. The financial package being offered to Mahrez is said to be substantial, with a reported £43 million per year plus bonuses for a two-year contract.

Al-Ahli’s return to the top-flight comes after their surprise relegation, and they are one of the four founding clubs, alongside Al-Nassr, Al-Hilal, and Al-Ittihad, that were recently taken over by the country’s Public Investment Fund, which also owns Newcastle United. These clubs have demonstrated their ambition and financial power by targeting top European stars, with players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema joining Al-Nassr and Al-Ittihad.

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While Mahrez is open to the idea of finishing his career in Saudi Arabia, it is understood that he is uncertain about leaving City this summer, especially after the team’s recent success under Pep Guardiola, including winning the treble. Mahrez was disappointed with his lack of game time towards the end of the season, as he was an unused substitute in the finals of the Champions League and FA Cup. However, leaving City would still pose a risk for Mahrez in terms of future success.

Since his arrival from Leicester in 2018, Mahrez has made 236 appearances for Manchester City, scoring 78 goals and providing 59 assists. If he were to join Al-Ahli, he would reunite with former Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who recently became the third Chelsea player, after Kalidou Koulibaly and N’Golo Kante, to move to the Middle East this summer. Mendy, a Senegal international, left Chelsea after three years in west London and was part of the team that won the Champions League in 2021.

The interest from Saudi clubs, including Al-Ahli, in signing top European players highlights their ambition and financial strength. The country’s Public Investment Fund’s ownership of several clubs has allowed them to make significant moves in the transfer market. However, it remains to be seen whether Mahrez will ultimately decide to leave Manchester City, considering the success he has experienced with the club. The winger’s future will likely be a subject of speculation until a final decision is made.

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