It has today been revealed that Leicester City rebuffed the advances of La Liga giants Barcelona during the summer, after the Blaugrana inquired about the availability of Riyad Mahrez.
Mahrez was heavily linked with a departure from the King Power stadium during the summer, having made public his intent to move to a top club.
The likes of Chelsea, PSG, Roma, Arsenal, Spurs and Barcelona were all linked with moves for the talented Algerian, but Leicester, in the end, held firm, rejecting reported bids of up to 35 million Euro from Roma.
Along with Roma, the side most heavily linked with a move for Mahrez were Barcelona, who were considering a number of attacking reinforcements following the world-record departure of Neymar to PSG.
In the end, the Catalan giants opted to bring in Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund, but, as revealed by Roma Sporting Director Monchi during an interview with Italian newspaper La Gazzetta Dello Sport this afternoon, Barca also made an offer for Mahrez:
‘We wanted a left-footed winger to replace Mohamed Salah and put it all on Mahrez, but the only reason he didn’t come was because the club wouldn’t sell.’
‘It’s not an excuse, they said no to Barcelona too.’
‘Once Mahrez was off the table, we looked around and decided it was better to go for Patrik Schick, who was not the ideal profile for that role, but would be an investment for the club.’