Leicester will hope they can put the transfer saga behind them quickly, as Mahrez is one of their most important players. The Citizens have since bid £65m for the player, according to Sky Sports, and have offered an unnamed player in return.
The Premier League leaders had filed a bid worth £60 million for the playmaker, who even handed in an official transfer request; but it was not enough to move the Foxes, who Goal understands were holding out for a fee upwards of £95m.
And Guardiola has discussed City's hunt for Mahrez, claiming the winger will stay at Leicester and there's nothing he can do about it.
"Riyad Mahrez is very depressed this evening over the events of the last two days", the friend is quoted as saying.
"They have let N'Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater go".
City's win leaves them 15 points clear of nearest challengers Manchester United at the top of the table after Jose Mourinho's side who lost 2-0 away to Tottenham. By my calculations Leicester would have made £59.8m profit on the player. He has been told by former team-mates to get out of Leicester. City were very interested in bringing in Mahrez but he will not be moving to City in this window.
"He has given his all this season so he could leave in this window".
Pep Guardiola had previously refused to talk about any interest in the winger. "He's very down about how he's been treated by a club he has served so well".
Mahrez is keen to leave Leicester and has not been included in the squad that will face Everton at Goodison Park tonight.