Manchester City’s move for Leicester playmaker Riyad Mahrez failed to materialise on a dramatic deadline day.
The Premier League leaders enquired about the Algerian but were put off by the Foxes’ £95million valuation and ended discussions without actually submitting a formal bid.
Mahrez was left out of the Foxes’ squad for their 2-1 defeat at Everton on Wednesday night and it is understood that he is disillusioned by the fact that he was not allowed to join City.
But Leicester manager Claude Puel said: “We receive at the last moment something about City and I think it was harsh for us. It was difficult also for Riyad.
“Of course I have all confidence about the owner to take a good decision about Riyad for the future and after we will see with Riyad when he can come back with us.
“All the players and staff will help him to come back with a smile and to enjoy his football.”
Premier League clubs spent a record £430million in the January transfer window
Earlier in the day a three-way transfer twist saw Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang join Arsenal for a club-record fee from Borussia Dortmund, reported to be in the region of £56million.
A few hours later, shortly before the transfer window closed in Germany at 6pm local time (5pm GMT), it was announced Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi had completed a loan switch to the Bundesliga side.
That in turn had paved the way for Olivier Giroud to leave Arsenal and be unveiled as a Chelsea player, for a fee understood to be £18million.
See all the completed transfer deals in the Premier League in January here