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Barcelona linked with Mahrez as he leaves Algeria squad to 'finalise move'

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The winger is seen as a back-up to Coutinho

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It’s transfer deadline day in England, which means all kinds of rumors are flying about but one of the most interesting developments is the future of Riyad Mahrez.

The Leicester City winger is currently on international duty with Algeria, but his country’s FA has confirmed he has been allowed to leave the camp to try and complete a transfer.

"Leicester City's Algerian international Riyad Mahrez, who is currently with the national team in Sidi Moussa to prepare for the double confrontation against Zambia for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, was authorised by the national coach Lucas Alcaraz and the Algerian Football Federation to make an express trip to Europe to formalise on Thursday his transfer to his new club.

"The national team will fly without him on Thursday morning to Lusaka to face Zambia on Saturday.”

Source | www.faf.dz

Mahrez announced back in May that he wanted to leave the Foxes this summer and it appears that he may finally be about to get his wish.

So where do Barcelona come in? Well, according to AS, Barcelona have contacted Mahrez about talks and want to sign the Algerian, if they fail to land Philippe Coutinho.

The report claims the winger could be available for just €50 million, but that he is very much Barcelona’s Plan B, if they do miss out on Coutinho.

Mahrez also reportedly has offers from Arsenal and Premier League champions Chelsea, and it’s unclear as yet, where he is heading after leaving Algeria.

We await further developments...