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Report: Barcelona continue to target Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez

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The Premier League has been shaken up by an Algerian sensation, and his fantastic season could earn him a spot in the world's best team.

The Daily Mirror reported last February that Barcelona could be planning a summer transfer offer for Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez in light of the Algerian's amazing campaign with the shocking championship favorites. After a few weeks of no talks, a new report from the Mirror confirmed the interest from the Catalan giants in the player's signing.

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri is expecting plenty of offers for Mahrez (linked to Barça, Manchester United and Tottenham) and midfield engine N'Golo Kante (reportedly targeted by Chelsea, Arsenal and Juventus), but is willing to let only one of the two leave the Foxes.

Ranieri wants to stick with his potential Premier League winning side, but is aware of the necessity of strengthening the side for the Champions League. Because of that, the Italian manager could use one big money sale from either player and then make good, cheap signings with the figures he gets from a potential transfer of a club star.

As of now, Mahrez is the most likely to move away, and the Algerian is believed to prefer a move to La Liga and join the Blaugrana instead of staying in England. His market value could be as high as €30 million, but the Catalans would be willing to spend that much if coach Luis Enrique asks for the signing.

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