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Real Madrid to battle Barcelona for Mahrez transfer

Barcelona face competition from Real Madrid for Leicester City attacking midfielder Riyad Mahrez.

Barcelona and Liverpool have been linked with the 26-year-old this week, nevertheless according to Don Balon, Real are also eyeing the Algeria international.

The Serie A titleholders players would welcome Mahrez’s arrival, with the attacker likely to arrive for summer flop Paco Alcacer.

Nonetheless, Real are also scouting him, where manager Zinedine Zidane is a favourite of Mahrez.

Indeed, should it become a straight shootout between Barca and Real, Mahrez is expected to choose Madrid thanks to Zizou’s influence.