Marseille are reportedly ready to launch a January swoop for Riyad Mahrez.  

The 2016 PFA Players' Player of the Year was close to joining Roma in the summer after handing in a transfer request.

But Mahrez saw his move to the Serie A side fall through after they failed to meet the Foxes' £32million valuation. 

French side Marseille are eyeing up a deal for unsettled Riyad Mahrez in January

French side Marseille are eyeing up a deal for unsettled Riyad Mahrez in January

French side Marseille are eyeing up a deal for unsettled Riyad Mahrez in January

Now Mundo Deportivo report Marseille are eyeing up a deal for Mahrez — and believe they could secure him for a cut-price £26.5m.

The move comes despite newly-appointed Leicester manager Claude Puel revealing his desire to keep Mahrez by giving him more freedom.

Marseille are currently fourth in Ligue 1 and trail league leaders Paris Saint Germain by eight points. Mahrez was linked with a move to Marseille back in 2014 but the switch never materialised. 

Newly-appointed Leicester manager Claude Puel wants to keep Mahrez at the club

Newly-appointed Leicester manager Claude Puel wants to keep Mahrez at the club

Newly-appointed Leicester manager Claude Puel wants to keep Mahrez at the club

 

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