Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez is making a demand that is holding up his transfer from Leicester to Manchester City, according to a report from the Sun.
The Sun report that the two clubs are close together in agreeing a deal for the wideman worth £75m – which would be a City record – but that Mahrez is demanding a share of the transfer fee be paid directly to him.
They claim that is the major hold-up in getting a deal over the line because the Foxes do not want to pay the winger anything because of the transfer request – since withdrawn – he put in to try to force the move during last season.
They say that the snag over paying Mahrez off or not is the ‘final hurdle’ between the Algerian joining the Premier League champions or not.
Mahrez has the opportunity to join the Premier League champions and work under the best manager in world football – yet again, after a botched January bid – and yet he is the one holding it up.
He will likely be very handsomely paid at the Etihad Stadium but instead he is choosing to risk the move falling apart – City could easily decide to walk away – for his own personal gain.
That shows a player that is prioritising money over success on the field, risking the chance to join a hugely exciting project for the sake of a personal fortune. That has to worry Guardiola.