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Chelsea are set to face competition for Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez.
According to the Guardian, Antonio Conte has identified the Algerian as a target, but will have to fend off interest from Manchester United.
Conte is desperately scrambling for more squad depth, with his side looking particularly bare should injuries and fatigue hit – the manager has made no secrets of his discontent with Chelsea’s summer dealing, despite splashing over £100 million so far.
Jose Mourinho has coveted a left-footed winger all summer in the form of Ivan Perisic – this deal looks to be dead, and the United boss might swipe Mahrez from under the nose of Conte if he is given the go ahead.
Chelsea definitely need Mahrez more than United do; the Red Devils boast an embarrassment of attacking riches. With Champions League fixtures added to their schedule, Chelsea are in massive need of depth.
Mahrez has stated his desire to leave, but has not thrown a tantrum, rather he has played rather well in the foxes’ opening games.
Leicester rejected a £30 million bid from Roma for Mahrez, so any offer would have to be a sizeable increase on this – a £40+ million bid is likely to convince the Foxes’ hierarchy.
Written by Michael Jones
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