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It could take £100m to convince Foxes to sell Mahrez, says Puel

By Sean Taylor

Riyad Mahrez could be worth £100m in the summer, according to Leicester boss Claude Puel.

The Foxes do not want to sell the winger amid further speculation about his future this month.

Mahrez asked to leave Leicester in the summer, but only Roma made a firm offer, their final bid rising to £32m.

Virgil van Dijk, who Puel worked with at Southampton, joined Liverpool for £75m earlier this month, while Philippe Coutinho left Anfield to join Barcelona for a potential £144m.

Puel feels that if Leicester were to ever sell, Mahrez - who may be rested for tonight's FA Cup third-round replay against Fleetwood - should command a huge fee.

"It is speculation, and we cannot respond with information," he said. "Perhaps in the summer he will cost more than £100m.

"It is always the same thing about Riyad. It is just rumours, noise about him and others.

"We can see Riyad smiling and enjoying his football and enjoying playing with his team-mates, and it is the same in training."

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