Manchester City have reignited their January interest in Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez over a £60m deal, according to the Telegraph.
The Telegraph report that there is still an expectancy that Mahrez will be a City player next season, even in spite of the collapse of his January move to the Etihad.
They go on to say that the Foxes are planning for next season without the Algerian wideman and with that in mind, they want Patrick Roberts to come the other way in any deal for Mahrez.
It also claims that while Guardiola rates Roberts highly and values him at £15m, he is prepared to sacrifice him in order to sign Mahrez.
Leroy Sane suffered a major and unexpected blow when he was left out of the Germany squad for this summer’s World Cup, with Joachim Low prefering Julian Brandt instead and he could be set for another piece of bad news if Mahrez signs.
Guardiola won’t be spending £60m on a player – not to mention letting one of City’s brighest prospects leave – to sit on the bench and it might well come down to a straight fight between the two left-footed creators for a place in the side.
Sane enjoyed an outstanding season, so he’s surely the man in the driving seat – and squad depth is essential – but losing his international spot will not count in his favour in the race with Mahrez, if the move materialises.