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Pep Guardiola revives interest in signing Riyad Mahrez

• Mahrez almost joined Manchester City in January
• Guardiola also keen to sign Napoli midfielder Jorginho

Pep Guardiola has revived his interest in Riyad Mahrez, with Manchester City’s manager having continued to monitor the Leicester forward following the breakdown of a prospective deal in January.

Mahrez saw a move to the Etihad Stadium fall down during the winter transfer window after the 2016 Premier League champions stated it would take a “mind-blowing offer” from City to prise him away. City were quoted a package worth around £95m, while they themselves valuing the 27-year-old closer to £60m. While no formal offer was made for Mahrez, who is contracted until 2020, informal discussions between City chief executive, Ferran Soriano, and his opposite number, Susan Whelan, did occur.

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