RIYAD MAHREZ could be set for a shock move to Barcelona as they switch their focus away from Philippe Coutinho.
The La Liga giants are desperate to push through a deal to sign Coutinho from Liverpool.
They have so far had three bids rejected for the Brazil international with the Merseyside club refusing to sell their star player.
Barcelona are expected to return with an even larger bid to test Liverpool’s resolve and have time on their hands with the Spanish transfer window not closing until tomorrow evening.
But the Reds have so far indicated they will not change their mind over their decision regarding Coutinho’s future.
And Spanish outlet AS claim Barcelona have already switched their attentions to an alternative.
Riyad Mahrez has made it clear all summer of his intentions to leave Leicester City.
Roma looked set to win the race for his signature but were unable to reach an agreement with Leicester over the fee.
But AS report Barcelona have made Mahrez their Plan B should they fail in their attempts to sign Coutinho.
And Mahrez looks likely to complete a deadline day move away from the King Power stadium after the Algerian national team announced they had released the winger to complete a transfer.
The 26-year-old has reportedly agreed terms with Barcelona should they give up on signing Coutinho.
Arsenal are also reportedly interested in reviving their interest in Mahrez.
It is said Leicester could be set to receive a fee in the region of £46million for the winger.