Riyad Mahrez is reportedly becoming a late transfer target for Manchester United. Everything depends on whether Leicester City want to sell him, though. But Jose Mourinho does not want to see the transfer window end without trying to capture one of the most dynamic playmakers in the English Premier League over the past few years.
The Leicester winger, who handed in a transfer request earlier this summer, has just two days to complete a move away from the King Power Stadium. And the former EPL Player Of The Year has tried to leave by all means. But a poor performance in the 2016-17 season and Leicester’s reluctancy to part ways with him have conspired in a potential transfer.
Who Have Tried To Sign Him?
FC Barcelona, AS Roma and Arsenal have been linked with a move for Mahrez. But now Manchester United have entered the race to land him as well. According to SFR Sport , Mahrez is now on Mourinho’s radar – but other United chiefs are not 100 per cent convinced he would be a good signing.
We have seen United trying to sign at least one winger during the entire summer. However, they have failed to lure any of the players they were targeting. Ivan Perisic, Gareth Bale, and Anderson Talisca have been mentioned as targets, but neither has been even remotely close to arrive at Old Trafford. Perisic was the one who became closer to join at one point, but the Croatian chose to remain at Inter Milan instead.
Considering that scenario, it seems Mahrez is nothing more than a last-minute solution Mourinho is looking to add some depth to the attacking line.
Do Manchester United Really Need Him?
But do United really need that? Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard all started the season on great form. And Henrikh Mkhitaryan can play on the wing as well if needed. Plus, it is appearing increasingly likely that Mahrez will remain at Leicester. The Foxes do not want to part ways with one of their best players. Especially if they are going to sell him below market value and to a direct opponent.
So even though Mahrez looks like an option, it should not be treated as such. Manchester United do not need him, and Leicester do not want to sell him. And why would they pay an inflated price for someone who might not even start?
United are better off with what they already have. The team is clicking in all cylinders right now, and no big changes should occur in the coming hours. After all, sometimes the best decision is to stand pat.