Riyad Mahrez looks destined to complete a £75million switch to Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola acting quickly again in order to strengthen for next season’s title defence.
The manager is eager to wrap up the transfer — possibly as soon as the end of the week — to mirror his fast moves in the market last summer.
Guardiola does not like to get involved in the mad scramble towards the end of the window and his tactics have the backing of City’s powerbrokers.
The champions are closing in on a deal for Leicester City winger Mahrez, with director of football Txiki Begiristain edging closer to agreeing terms. The structure of the fee to be paid to Leicester is still being negotiated.
Guardiola hoped to land the 27-year-old in January, with the Algerian falling out with Leicester before returning to the team.
The signing of Mahrez would be the first major piece of business completed this summer as City again look to set the pace.