- Riyad Mahrez is wanted by Real Madrid this summer
- Los Blancos want him as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo
- The Algerian is on the verge of winning his second Premier League title with Man City, the third of his career
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Spanish League defending champions Real Madrid are reportedly eyeing a move for Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez this summer.
Los Blancos signed Chelsea hero Eden Hazard in a deal valued at around €115 million in August 2019 but the Belgian has failed to live up to his billing.
The 30-year-old has spent more time on the sidelines than on the pitch since his mega move from Chelsea almost two years ago due to a series of injuries and lack of required fitness to do the job.
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Coach Zinedine Zidane is now hoping to bring the highly-rated Algerian star to Santiago Bernabeu with the hope he will put an end to their search for Ronaldo's replacement.
The 36-year-old ended his nine-reign with the Galacticos and joined Juventus in 2018 after failing to reach a new deal with the club, and since then, they have not found a player like him.
Mahrez has scored seven times and also created four other assists in 22 Premier League meetings so far this campaign - a display that has attracted attention from top managers in Europe.
SunSport quoting Foot Mercato claims Pep Guardiola will have problems keeping his winger from moving to the Spanish capital as the La Liga club feels he could improve Zidane's squad next term.
Although Karim Benzema has been super impressive for Real since Ronaldo's exit, Los Blancos are hoping to improve their chance to win silverware next season with Mahrez's arrival this summer.
Since he moved to the Etihad Stadium in 2018, he has won five titles including a Premier League and he could increase the tally at the end of this campaign if they maintain their form.
Legit.ng earlier reported Belgian midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has recounted the conversation he had with former boss Jose Mourinho which led to him parting ways with Chelsea in 2014.
Having joined the Blues from Genk for a deal of around €8 million, the 29-year-old made just nine appearances and one assist credited to him during his 18 months reign at Stamford Bridge.
He was offloaded to German League side Wolfsburg on loan before they signed him permanently for €22 million.
By August 2015, he moved to City for €76 million and he has gone ahead to win two Premier League titles among several other domestic silverware but still chasing the Champions League.
Oluwatomiwa is a sports editor with Legit.ng. He has over eight years of field and office experience in the media industry. He graduated from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism in 2014 with HND in Mass Communication. Connect with him on Twitter @TomiwaBabalola.