The BBC have reported that Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho is close to securing a move to Premier League rivals Leicester City.
Leicester are willing to pay £25 million to secure the services of the Nigerian international. He would become their third major signing of the summer following Harry Maguire’s arrival from relegated Hull City and Vincente Iborra, who they signed this week from La Liga side Sevilla.
Twenty-year-old Iheanacho has scored an impressive 21 goals in just 64 senior appearances for Manchester City. However, with the arrival of Gabriel Jesus in January, first team action has been hard to come by. With Riyad Mahrez publicly stating his desire to leave the King Power stadium this summer, Craig Shakespeare will be keen on recruiting attacking reinforcements and the deal would seem to make sense for all parties.
If the move is completed, Iheanacho will become the latest to leave City as part of Pep Guardiola’s summer clear-out. Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Jesus Navas and goalkeeper Willy Caballero have all left the club since the end of last season. Benfica’s Ederson and Monaco’s Bernardo Silva are so far the only confirmed arrivals at the Etihad.
More will be expected to follow though as Guardiola plots a charge on both the Premier League and the Champions League for 2017/2018. City finished a disappointing 15 points behind Antonio Conte’s Chelsea last season. It’s no surprise then that they have been linked with several big-money moves this summer – including a raid on Premier League rivals Arsenal for their talismanic attacker Alexis Sanchez.
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Check out this week’s episode of The Mixer, Pundit Arena’s Irish football podcast. On the show, we spoke to Cormac Byrne of the Irish Daily Mirror on the situation at Bray, and Bohemians’ Keith Ward joined us as well.