Tottenham are continuing to monitor Riyad Mahrez’s situation at Leicester, but the club’s valuation of the Algerian is proving a sticking point.
That’s according to the London Evening Standard, who report Spurs have asked the Foxes to keep them updated.
The Lilywhites’ interest will only become concrete if Leicester budge on their £50million asking price.
Mahrez has made it clear he wants to leave the King Power. In May, he released a public statement, quoted via Sky Sports, admitting:
“I had a good discussion with the chairman last summer and we agreed at that time that I would stay for another year in order to help the club as best as I could following the transition of winning the title and in the Champions League.
“However, I am fiercely ambitious and feel that now is the time to move on to a new experience.
“I’ve always enjoyed a good relationship with the chairman and everyone at the club, and I hope I have been able to repay the faith shown to me by my performances and commitment on the pitch during my time here.
“I’ve had the four best seasons of my career at Leicester and have loved every moment. I feel immense pride to have been a part of what we have achieved during my time at the club, culminating in becoming Premier League champions.
“The relationship I share with the club and our amazing fans is something I will treasure forever and I truly hope they will understand and respect my decision.”
Last season, Spurs were fortunate that Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen only missed three Premier League games between them.
Mauricio Pochettino could do with more options from the bench, with Georges-Kevin N’Koudou having struggled to make an impact following his move from Marseille and Erik Lamela missing the majority of last term with a hip injury.
Craig Shakespeare has not given up hope of keeping the former PFA Player of the Year at Leicester, telling reporters after Leicester’s pre-season game against West Brom:
“We want him to stay. I would like him to stay, as manager.
“As I say, he has stated his case clearly but, while he is here, I need that full commitment.”
The 26-year-old struggled to replicate his form from the Foxes’ title-winning campaign last season, scoring just six league goals and recording three assists.