Algerian football legend Riyad Mahrez is set to spend the 2023-2024 season in the Saudi Pro League as his current club, Manchester City, has agreed to sell him to Al Ahli. The transfer fee for Mahrez is reported to be £30 million, and he has reportedly accepted the idea of moving to the Middle East this summer.
As part of the ongoing transfer process, Mahrez will not join Manchester City’s preseason trip to South Korea and Japan. Instead, he will use this time to finalize the deal with Al Ahli. The 32-year-old Algerian international is expected to undergo a medical test in Saudi Arabia this week and subsequently sign a three-year contract with Al Ahli.
Since joining Manchester City from Leicester City in 2018, Mahrez has enjoyed tremendous success, winning four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, three Carabao Cups, and the Champions League. He played a crucial role in helping Leicester City win the Premier League in the 2015-2016 season before making his move to the Etihad Stadium for a then-club record fee of £60 million.
If the transfer goes through, Manchester City will be without four key members of their treble-winning squad from last season, as Ilkay Gundogan has already completed his move to FC Barcelona, while Kyle Walker and Bernardo Silva are also on the verge of leaving the club this summer.
Riyad Mahrez will join a growing list of European superstars making the move to the Middle East this summer. Players like Ruben Neves, Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Edouard Mendy, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Roberto Firmino have already sealed deals with Saudi clubs during this transfer window.