Manchester City signs Riyad Mahrez in record club deal

Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)

MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City has signed Riyad Mahrez for a club-record 60 million pounds ($80 million) as it further strengthens its team after winning the Premier League title.

The Algeria winger was an integral part of Leicester’s astonishing run to the title in 2016, but has been pushing to leave the central England club for a year.

Mahrez has signed a five-year contract with Pep Guardiola’s City, which won the league by 19 points in May.

Mahrez will go down as one of the bargains of the Premier League era, having joined Leicester for a reported 400,000 pounds (now $530,000) from French club Le Havre in 2014.

Scoring 17 goals in Leicester’s title-winning campaign saw Mahrez voted as player of the year in England in 2016.

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