08 February, 2018
However, according to France Football, both Toure and Mangala had also been used as potential makeweights, with Leicester purportedly willing to listen to cash-plus-player (s) deals in order to make up their proposed £95m valuation (although the publication also claim it was in fact around £10m less than that).
The Algeria global has embarked on a self-imposed strike since his move to Manchester City in January fell through.
Supporters may argue that Mahrez is a victim of having a bad agent. Roma were among those keen on the 26-year-old, while the player himself went AWOL for the first time as spent the final hours of the summer window waiting for someone - anyone - to lodge a late bid.
Simon Jordan says Riyad Mahrez should be made to keep playing for Leicester City despite his failed Manchester City move, and has called for the Professional Footballers' Association to take a stronger stance over AWOL players.
Firstly, they'll face a weakened Leicester side this weekend.
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Antony Okpotu has been dropped from the Nigeria squad for their crunch African Nations Championship final clash with Morocco .
Meanwhile, ever since his desire for a move to the champions elect was rebuffed by his club, Mahrez has failed to turn up to any of the subsequent training sessions, and is so far refusing to play.
With Leicester and Mahrez's representatives set to hold discussions about the winger's future, the PFA has offered to mediate discussions between the two parties.
After Saturday's game, Puel admitted he had no idea when Mahrez would return.
Claude Puel has worked wonders with hard characters such as Hatem Ben Arfa before, and the former Southampton boss would likely pride himself on integrating yet another disgruntled speedster back into the fold. Absolutely no one is winning from him continuing to stay away.