Algerian playmaker, Riyad Mahrez has been penciled down as one of the high profile names billed for a deadline day transfer move.

However, while a move away from Leicester City is almost certain, the destination where the reigning African Footballer of the Year is headed is still clear.

The 26-year-old has been the subject of three bids from Italian club Roma since expressing his desire to leave the 2015-2016 Premier League champions.

Roma's third bid was said to be £32m and they have now ended their interest.

Already the Algerian Football Federation, FAF have given Mahrez permission to miss training to agree a deal before the transfer deadline.

Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea are also said to be interested in the winger, but Arsenal are not in contention, despite reports to the contrary.

A statement from the FAF said Mahrez "was authorised by the national coach Lucas Alcaraz and the Algerian Football Federation to make an express trip to Europe to formalise on Thursday his transfer to his new club. The national team will fly without him on Thursday morning to Lusaka to face Zambia on Saturday."

Mahrez was named the PFA Player of the Year 2016 after playing a key part in Leicester's title-winning season.

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