According to multiple reports in England, Leicester City is prepared to fine Riyad Mahrez two weeks wages, or about $285,000, for his disappearance over the past few days.
Mahrez has missed training and a game since the collapse of a potential move to Manchester City on deadline day. Reports say the Premier League leaders targeted him as a temporary replacement for the injured Leroy Sane, bidding around $71 million, but Leicester City rejected all bids for the 26-year-old.
His transfer speculation left the Foxes without its dynamic winger for the 2-1 loss to Everton on Wednesday, and his subsequent disappearance could see him miss three training sessions before the weekend. It is likely he will miss the match against Swansea City on Saturday as well, a critical game against a team in good form and fighting for its Premier League survival.
When asked about it on Wednesday after defeating West Brom, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola hinted at a future move for Mahrez in the summer. “He’s a Leicester player,” Guardiola said. “Everybody knows we were trying but we cannot afford, in this moment, this amount of what they are asking. I understand perfectly. We tried to do it in the summertime, we tried to do it now, but like summer, they locked the door. We are going to see what happens in the summer.”
Interestingly enough, Leicester City plays Manchester City the following weekend, setting up a perfect storyline for Mahrez’s return to the squad.