Riyad Mahrez could be left red-faced and frustrated after leaving Algeria’s international camp to wait for a transfer.
Leicester’s left-footed attacking ace broke off from preparing for Algeria’s World Cup qualifier on Saturday in Zambia.
Mahrez, 26, opted to fly to Europe to be on standby should a leading club meet the Foxes’ £50million valuation.
But Roma, who had previously seen bids rejected for the 2016 PFA player of the year, have struggled to reach his price tag.
And Mahrez’s hopes of a bid from Spanish giants Barcelona hasn’t yet materialised despite the La Liga giants’ troubles landing Philippe Coutinho.
The transfer window in Spain doesn’t shut until midnight on Friday so Mahrez’s hopes are not completely dead yet.
But Algeria play in Zambia at 2pm on Saturday in a World Cup qualifier and Leicester, who claimed today they have had no new interest in Mahrez, will have no chance to replace him after tonight’s Premier League window closes.
But the Foxes are set to tie down young attacking talent Demarai Gray on a new contract after snubbing bids from Bournemouth and Spurs.
Gray, 21, is being offered a new contract to hike up his current £25,000-a-week terms.
Midfielder Danny Drinkwater is still also pushing to get out to Chelsea after slapping in a transfer request.
Ahmed Musa, yet to start in the Premier League under new boss Craig Shakespeare, is likely to be let out on loan with Hull keen.
But City want their £29m investment back on Islam Slimani which has deterred interested clubs including Watford and Newcastle.