Riyad Mahrez leaves Algeria squad for possible move

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Riyad Mahrez seems to be readying himself for a Deadline Day move.

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Mahrez, 26, was allowed to leave Algeria’s national team squad on Thursday as the team traveled to Zambia for a 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Reports claim Mahrez has flown to Paris where he is currently hanging out as he waits for a bid to be accepted by Leicester, but other reports claim he is in both London and Barcelona.

This is turning into a real “Where’s Waldo” situation…

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A statement was released from the Algerian FA which said the following.

“Riyad Mahrez was authorized by the national coach Lucas Alcaraz and the Algerian Football Federation to make an express trip to Europe to formalize on Thursday his transfer to his new club. The national team will fly without him on Thursday morning to Lusaka to face Zambia on Saturday.”

Roma had three bids turned down by the Foxes earlier in the window, while Mahrez has been linked with a move to Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Barcelona as his future could become the main topic of debate between now and 6 p.m. ET when the summer transfer window closes.

The mercurial winger was named the PFA Player of the Year in 2015-16 as Leicester won the Premier League title.

Mahrez released a statement at the start of this summer saying he wanted to leave the King Power Stadium but heading into the final hours of the window Leicester have reportedly received no fresh bids as he looks to force through a move.