Tottenham Keeping Tabs on Leicester Star Riyad Mahrez But Will Not Pay £50m Asking Price

Thursday July 20th, 2017

​Tottenham Hotspur are monitoring Riyad Mahrez's situation at Leicester this summer, as they maintain ambitions of signing the wantaway Algerian.

Mahrez - a target for both Roma and Spurs' London rivals Arsenal - has informed the Foxes' hierarchy that he wants to leave the King Power Stadium in order to pursue his lofty ambitions, but has turned out in pre-season with no issue thus far and does not appear to be willing to kick up a fuss in order to push through a move.

The club have slapped a whopping £50m price tag on the 2016 PFA Player of the Season's head in a bid to deter potential suitors, and the ​Evening Standard report that Spurs are not about to enter any race to sign if that valuation is not lowered.

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare told reporters after the pre-season Asia trophy match with West Brom: "We want him to stay. I would like him to stay, as manager. As I say, he has stated his case clearly but, while he is here, I need that full commitment."

Spurs are the only Premier League team not to make a single signing yet this summer. As their rivals around them continue to strengthen, they look set to miss out on 19-year-old Estudiantes defender Juan Foyth despite initial talks over an £8m switch - Paris Saint-Germain are now his most likely destination.

Reports claim Mauricio Pochettino is still interested in Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, but have yet to make a concrete effort.

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