Manchester City has expressed interest in Brighton winger Kaoru Mitoma as a potential Riyad Mahrez replacement.
Mahrez, who spent five years with the Premier League champions, signed a £30 million contract with Al-Ahli earlier this month.
The Daily Star claims that Pep Guardiola has taken notice of Brighton’s Japanese international.
The 26-year-old Brighton star made an impression in the Premier League last year, scoring seven goals in 24 games.
Brighton will not want to lose any more of their top players after already seeing midfielder Alexis Mac Allister move to Liverpool and goalkeeper Robert Sanchez join Chelsea.
However, City will continue their search for a successor for Mahrez and have already made moves for Michael Olise of Crystal Palace and Jeremy Doku of Rennes.
With Manchester City only just having been linked with the Japanese international.
It is unlikely that talks will advance quickly enough that Guardiola can have his man before the start of the season if City decides to go for Mitoma.