Leicester City may have tied down the long-term future of top scorer Jamie Vardy but they face a monumental struggle to do the same thing with Riyad Mahrez.
Yes, Vardy's new three-and-a-half year contract, worth a reported £75,000-a-week, will keep the 29-year-old at the King Power Stadium for the rest of his prime, but such a deal would fall well short of what Mahrez could expect to earn elsewhere.
The Algeria international, who has scored 14 goals in the Premier League this season and bagged a further ten assists, has attracted interest from Europe's top clubs and, according to the Mirror, the biggest of them all are ready to make a move to sign him.
Barcelona will be looking to add to their irresistible squad in the summer and they see Mahrez as one of the few players in world football who could actually improve it. They believe they can snatch Mahrez for as little as £25million and hope the player himself will lubricate a deal by making his desire to join them clear.
Indeed, the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City will be able to outspend Barcelona, who have been struggling with the financial strain of keeping Leo Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar together.
Nou Camp wish
However, Mahrez has already hinted at a desire to move to the Nou Camp, declaring a wish to play alongside their Ballon d'Or winning Argentinian and that will go a long way to deciding where he plays next season.
Mahrez, who turns 25 today, signed a four-year deal worth £35,000-a-week last summer but has already shown the kind of form that would see him earn six figures at one of Europe's elite clubs.
Should they qualify for the Champions League, Leicester will have the resources to offer him such a deal but they may still be tempted by a big offer.
While Mahrez has been an inspiration for the Foxes, their ascent to the top of the Premier League is not solely down to him and Claudio Ranieri knows that. Should they get good money, they are confident of using it to strengthen the squad further.
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