Man City star Riyad Mahrez ‘has agreed personal terms with Saudi club Al-Ahli’| SolSportHQ
Manchester City winger Riyaz has agreed personal terms with Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli, according to reports.
The 32-year-old winger – who won a historic treble with City last month – has two years remaining on his current contract at the Etihad.
But his seven-year stay with City looks set to come after becoming the latest big name to agree to join Al-Ahli , according to Arriyadiyah.
The newly-promoted side are said to be prepared to offer Pep Guardiola’s side £30million to secure the Algerian’s services.
Mail Sport reported last month that Mahrez is interested in ending his career in Saudi. He will be offered £43m-a-year plus bonuses for a two-year contract.
Al-Ahli returned to the Saudi top-flight after surprisingly being relegated and are one of the four founding clubs – including Al-Nassr, Al-Hilal and Al-Ittihad – that were taken over earlier last month by the country’s Public Investment Fund, which also owns Newcastle United.
The ambition and financial might of the Saudi clubs is clear as they continue to target top European stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, who have joined Al-Nassr and Al-Ittihad.
But while Mahrez is open to the idea of finishing his career in the Kingdom, it is understood that he is uncertain about leaving City this summer having just won the Treble under Pep Guardiola.
The Algeria winger was disappointed with his lack of game time towards the end of the season when he was an unused substitute in the finals of the Champions League and FA Cup, but leaving would still pose a risk for further success.
Since joining from Leicester in 2018, Mahrez has made 236 appearances for City scoring 78 goals and providing 59 assists.
Were he to join Al-Ahli, he would join up with former Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who became the third Blues player, after Kalidou Koulibaly and N’Golo Kante, to move to the Middle East this summer.
The Senegal international left Chelsea after three years in west London and was part of the team who won the Champions League in 2021.